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'Snow possible almost anywhere' says Met Office

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Hail, rain, frost and gales- we're in for a battering of wintry weather in the South West in the coming days while almost any part of the UK could see hill snow in plunging temperatures in December.

If summer stretched into autumn, we're due to get a blast of proper winter weather as we edge towards Christmas.

And the Met Office has issued a wind warning for Saturday for most of the UK as a low-pressure system brings strong winds and heavy rain, and even sleet and snow in some places.

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Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Chris Almond, said of the weather over Friday and Saturday: "Gusts of wind are likely to reach 50 to 60 mph widely, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal locations, particularly in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"As well as strong winds, rain will also move south across the country on Friday, with showers following turning increasingly to hill snow in the north. This wintry mix of showers will continue on Saturday, and although snow is possible almost anywhere away from the far-south, accumulations are likely to be confined to hills.

"It is going to be a windy period with potentially disruptive gales. These could cause some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport with a small chance exposed roads and bridges could close. There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs and damage to temporary structures such as Christmas markets.

"By Sunday any showers will mainly become confined to eastern coastal areas but there could still be some snow but only over the hills."

Bristol will see overnight lows down to 1C and the mercury will peak at 6C on Saturday and Sunday

Met Office South West forecast

Today: A bright and cold day for most, but with plenty of sunshine. Showers of rain and hail will affect west Cornwall at times, especially the Scilly Isles. Feeling much colder, especially on coasts exposed to the brisk northerly wind. Maximum temperature 8C.

Tonight: Showers continuing in Cornwall this evening, these edging into Devon. Dry elsewhere and becoming frosty in places. Cloud increasing later with temperatures recovering by dawn. Becoming windy in the west. Minimum temperature 1 C.

Friday: Cloudy in the morning with rain at times. Brighter skies with heavy blustery showers later in the day, some showers containing small hail. Windy with coastal gales. Maximum temperature 10C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Very windy and cold on Saturday, with sunshine and showers, wintry over hills. Drier on Sunday with much lighter winds. Cloudy with rain at times on Monday and less cold.

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Met Office UK long-range forecast

Monday, November 29 to Wednesday, December 8

Cloudy with some rain in the west, spreading eastwards on Monday, although some parts of the east possibly starting dry and frosty, with lighter winds than of late for a time. Staying cold with early and perhaps late frost in places. Becoming largely unsettled through this period with rain and strong winds often moving in from the west or northwest. Some brighter and drier spells are likely especially in the south and southeast. Windy with the risk of gales at times, especially in the north and northwest. Temperatures will be milder than of late in the south but remaining mostly rather cold in the north with a risk of hill snow as well as frost and ice.

Thursday, December 9 to Thursday, December 23

Overall, through this period it is expected to be unsettled and changeable with milder and wetter than average conditions for most, bringing a risk of stormy conditions. Perhaps turning more settled in southern regions for a time in the middle of this period, which will increase the risk of frost and fog when skies clear overnight

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