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Met Office issues weather warning for Thursday

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for Thursday, March 1st, with potential for heavy snow and strong winds.

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The forecast for the South West shows "a risk of disruptive snowfall overnight Thursday into Friday".

The Met Office's yellow weather warning predicts that "small chance that long delays and cancellations on bus, rail, air and air travel could occur", adding: "There is a slight chance that roads may become blocked by deep snow. There is a small chance that long interruptions to power supplies and other services such as telephones, may occur."

The Chief Forecaster said: "A weather system is expected to move slowly north through Thursday into Friday and has potential to produce widespread snow, accompanied by strong to gale force winds.

"As less cold air follows from the south, there is a small chance of snow turning to freezing rain bringing an additional ice risk. There is still uncertainty in how this system will develop, but there is a small chance of the combined effects of snow, strong winds and ice leading to severe impacts."

The Met Office has issued both yellow warnings and the more serious amber warnings for much of the UK for the remainder of the week, with some areas predicted to be colder than the Arctic Circle.

The blast of cold weather sweeping in from Siberia has been nicknamed "the beast from the East".

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