‘Wrap up warm’ message as snow falls

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SNOW fell in part of the South and West Country yesterday, as forecasters warned of plunging temperatures for Bonfire Night.

Forecasters were taken by surprise by the amount of snow falling – as much as 5cm in the Bath and Somerset area – but are not expecting to see a repeat today.

However they are advising people to put on extra layers if
they are going to a fireworks display, with temperatures set
to fall to about 2C in rural areas by 6pm.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said it would be mainly dry, with a few showers feeding in from the North Sea.

He said: “The indications are that the most frequent and
heavy showers are through the morning, so hopefully as the day progresses they will become more isolated.

“The further inland the more chance you will be dry for the evening, but if you are nearer the coast you could catch two or three showers during the evening.

“It will feel quite chilly, so people are advised to wrap up warm.”

As the week goes on it is expected to feel less cold, but generally staying cloudy, with the possibility of some light rain.

Large parts of southern and eastern England were drenched by torrential rain yesterday. The Met Office issued a weather warning for heavy rain, gusts of over 50mph and minor flooding, with rain falling on already saturated ground.

The odds of a white Christmas have been cut following the snow fall.

Ladbrokes have slashed the odds of snow on Christmas Day to 7/2 in London, 7/2 in Manchester and 4/1 in Cardiff.

Edinburgh is the 3/1 favourite to have snow on December 25. Christmas 2010 was the last
white Christmas, with the Met Office recording snow at more
than 80 per cent of weather stations, the highest number ever recorded.