Met Office verdict on ‘Beast from the East 2.0’ set to unleash 4 inches of snow
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The Met Office has responded to rumours of Britain being battered by another Beast from the East bringing snow in a matter of days.
Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services said that the sleeping Beast from the East is "opening its eyes once again".
Anticyclone Hartmut combined with Storm Emma, blanketed the UK with heavy snowfall in February 2018, grinding the nation to a shivering standstill.
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Snowfall was even recorded in southwest England and the south of Ireland on March 2 with the Met Office issuing a red snow warning, meaning a potential risk to life.
According to the Met Office, those living in and around the Scottish mountains should be bracing for snow tonight (Thursday, November 24) but fears of a beastly blizzard-like return further south remain premature.
A spokesman for the meteorological forecaster told the Daily Star: "The only sign of snow in our forecast at the moment is over the Scottish mountains overnight tonight, not unusual for the end of November.
"In the longer term, there are signals that higher pressure could move in from the middle of next week which could act to calm the weather down across the UK and lead to drier conditions."
Reassuring those with upcoming travel plans, the spokesman added: "Although this might bring temperatures back down closer to average for the time of year, there is no suggestion of anything similar to the significant cold spell in 2018."
The update comes after meteorologist Jim Dale said: “There is a change in weather patterns now looking likely at the start of December.
"If this happens, we are in a classic position to get a cold flow in from the east, and with that, snow, ice and very cold winds. This is an indicator of a Beast from the East, and although it has not woken up fully yet, it is safe to say the beast is opening its eyes.”
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All four UK nations have been issued with storm warnings as intense rains and winds as strong as 70mph are expected later today (November 24) with a yellow warning issued over a brief spell of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds.
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for London, South East England, North West England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands, Northern Ireland, South West Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.
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