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Brits are braced for snow as an Arctic blast descends on the UK, with temperatures set to plummet to -11C.
The Met Office has issued a snow and ice warning, lasting from 10pm-11.59pm on Monday, February 1, and extending from the Midlands to northern Scotland.
It has warned of delays of roads and “stranding” of some vehicles – especially on higher routes.
Though temperatures are expected to rise on Monday night, a severe frost could see the mercury fall to -11C in the Scottish Highlands.
The wintry weather is expected to continue into this week, with further warnings ahead.
An amber alert for snow is in force in the Midlands from 3am on Tuesday, February 2, until 1pm, covering cities like Sheffield, Bradford and Blackburn.
Rural communities could become “cut off” and power cuts “are likely”, according to the Met Office.
The body’s Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Rain will push into the South West of the UK on Monday evening, bringing some heavy rain for southern areas.
"As the weather front ‘bumps’ into colder air further north, the rain will turn to snow, and with up to 4cm falling quite widely a snow and ice warning has been issued.
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“5-10cm could fall above 150m in Southern Scotland and northern England with the potential for 20 cm or more across the highest roads.
"As well as snow, a period of freezing rain is possible for parts of northern England.”
It is a much milder picture further south, with temperatures hitting 10C in Cornwall on Monday compared with lows of -7C in northern Scotland.
With the milder weather comes persistent rain and multiple flood risks.
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There are currently 53 flood warnings from the Environment Agency in place across England, with a further 154 flood alerts.
Natural Resources Wales has issued two flood alerts, one for the Carmarthenshire coast and another for south Pembrokeshire.
Jason Kelly, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: "While the south of the UK hangs on to the milder air for much of this week as we approach the weekend, the area of low pressure responsible for the snow across the north of the UK will clear, allowing colder air to push south and west across much of the country.
"Further snow is expected for most parts of Scotland on Friday, while Saturday will be cold for all."
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