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Cold weather alert in place as snow showers predicted to sweep across East Anglia from Monday

PUBLISHED: 08:06 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:40 26 February 2018

East Anglia is braced for the coldest week of winter. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Anglia is braced for the coldest week of winter. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The region is braced for temperatures to continue to plummet as the so-called Beast from the East cold snap arrives in the country.

The Met Office continues today to have a level three amber cold weather alert in place for the East of England and most other parts of the country - and has said snow could be on the way from Monday.

The alert, which was triggered at 9am on Friday and is currently in place until 8am on Thursday, states there is a “99pc probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow” within this time period.

It states: “Cold weather is currently established across the country with widespread overnight frosts.

“However colder conditions are expected to extend westwards across England during the weekend bringing a significant, and prolonged period of wintry weather.”

It continues: “During Monday and Tuesday, snow showers are expected to move into eastern areas, before spreading westwards across England.

“These have the potential to align into bands, bringing some significant accumulations.

“Not everyone will see snowfall, however 5-10cm is possible where showers do line up, with the greatest risk across eastern and southeastern counties.

“These will also be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures, and a significant wind chill. These cold, wintery conditions are then expected to continue Wednesday, and likely beyond.”

For more information, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk

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