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Bob's big questions: which day is really the first day of spring?

There's a storm brewing in the West Country newsroom - a fierce debate over whether today is really the first day of spring.

Some of you have agreed that yes, it is - but others are telling us we're 19 days early.

Here's our own weather guru Bob Crampton to shed some light:


A different Christmas jumper for every night of the week?

The forecast's a little more festive than usual... Credit: ITV West Country

Our weather guru Bob Crampton has been getting into the festive Text Santa spirit by donning a different winter woolly every night this week - have you ever seen such a splendid array?

If you think you can beat Bob's seasonal selection send your best Christmas jumper pictures to or our Facebook, or tweet them @itvwestcountry.

More of our efforts in a special gallery here.

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Wrap up warm! Bob's latest weather blog

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Standby for an Arctic blast!

We're in for a teeth chattering weekend...a short-lived cold snap. After the second mildest start to November on record, temperatures will plunge, egged on by a high wind chill factor.

On Friday it will start the cooling process. An Arctic maritime airmass will begin making its way south across the country. The north and the east will not only shiver but there may be falls of snow over high ground.

By Saturday the cold air will have crept south to cover most of England. Although there'll be sunny spells, it will be very chilly. Daytime values around 6 or 7 degrees - those figures will be doctored by the wind chill. A strong north-westerly to north wind will make it feel colder. Just the chance that any showers could turn wintry over high ground like the moors.

Away from the coast, overnight temperatures will fall close to zero. So a widespread frost and the risk of icy patches where there's standing water.

So get the gloves, scarves and woolly hats out. We'll have to endure the first cold spell of the season. But it won't last long. Back to milder conditions early next week.

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