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WEATHER ALERT: Big freeze to bring risk of 'significant snow' to Yorkshire

Freezing cold winds from Siberia are set to sweep across the UK bring the risk of 'significant snow', forecasters warn.

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According to the Met Office the bitterly cold spell of weather will set in later this week and last until into March.

A spokesman for the Met Office said the Outlook for Saturday February 24 to Monday March 5, was: “The weekend will be mostly dry, with frost and freezing fog patches clearing to give cold days with sunny spells. Snow flurries may develop across eastern and southern areas where a brisk easterly wind will make it feel bitterly cold.

“Into next week it is likely to turn colder with brisk easterly winds, giving a significant wind chill, especially in the south and east.

"This will give the risk of further snow flurries, which may become heavier and more widespread.”

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The Met office outlook for Tuesday March 6 to Tuesday March 20 is: “At the start of this period it is likely to remain cold or very cold for many with widespread frost and brisk easterly winds from Continental Europe, making it feel raw.

"This will continue to bring the risk of significant snow across some southern, eastern and central parts of the country, whereas towards the north and west it will start drier.

“As we head through the middle of March, there is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast, but it may start to turn more unsettled and less cold with the wettest and mildest weather spreading in from the southwest.”

Winds from Siberia brough bitterly cold conditions and heavy snow to many parts of Britain in December 2010

Winds from Siberia brough bitterly cold conditions and heavy snow to many parts of Britain in December 2010