Weather forecasters are predicting some parts of the country could see snow with wintry showers by the end of this week.
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The Met Office has at present a Level-3 cold weather health alert in place (see map) warning of a risk to elderly and vulnerable people.
The mild weather we have experienced is expected to deteriorate from today (Wednesday) onwards, with the onset of icy gusts from Scandinavia. With temperatures forecast to fall close to freezing, the chances could increase the risk of snow for some areas of the UK as the weekend arrives.
Forecaster Helen Chivers told the Express: “Cold air from Scandinavia on Wednesday and western Russia later in the week will make already low temperatures feel even colder.
“It is forecast to stay cold into next week, with likely occasional wintry flurries over eastern, southern and central parts.
London & South East Met Office Cold Weather Health Alert states: Turning colder over the next couple of days with a high likelihood that the temperature threshold will be reached by the end of the week. No major disruption from snow is expected. Click here for updates on Cold Weather Health Alert
Cold Weather Health Alert UK Overall: It will remain dry and settled for most through this period although there will be a few snow flurries at time, particularly for eastern areas. At this stage, disruptive accumulations of snow are not expected but some localised slight accumulations are possible. Brisk easterly winds will also exacerbate the cold feel, especially in southern areas where penetrating overnight frosts are likely. Untreated roads and pavements are likely to be icy over the next five days. No major disruption from snow is expected.
Met Office Weather Forecast For London & South East:
Tonight (Wednesday): Clear spells to start this evening but cloud amounts increasing from the east overnight. Staying mostly dry but cold with a widespread frost developing. Minimum Temperature -3 °C.
Thursday: A mostly cloudy day although a few brighter spells may develop. The odd light snow flurry is possible but staying dry for most. Feeling very cold with brisk easterly winds. Maximum Temperature 3 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Cold and mostly cloudy throughout with penetrating overnight frosts. Mostly dry although occasional snow flurries are expected with slight accumulations possible in parts of Kent. Bitter easterly winds.
Issued at: 0400 on Wed 20 Feb 2013
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