Snow hits parts of UK as temperatures plunge to 1C with fears of flash floods

SNOW hit parts of the UK today as temperatures plunged to 1C.

Forecasters say the cold blast is likely to be the first taste of chilly winter weather over the next few days.

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Colder weather is moving in, with strong winds and rain also set to lash the country.

That could turn to snow on higher ground in North West England and Scotland.

Meteogroup says today there will be showers in the North, which will become increasingly wintry, especially over hills.

Tomorrow will bring rain, much of it heavy.

The forecaster added: “Spells of snow could also be seen in mountainous regions in the north west of England and Scotland.”

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin added: “Today will be particularly cold thanks to some strong northerly winds.

“Over the hills we will see snow showers but, even at lower levels, sleet, hail and snow is possible.”

Pictures showed snowfall blanketing the village of Tomintoul in Scotland today.

Meanwhile, 16 flood warnings have been issued as gales drive huge waves to coastal towns.

A further 32 flood alerts are also been issued.

Fields in Sutton Gault in Cambridgeshire flooded this morning after the New Bedford River and River Delph burst their banks due to heavy rain.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Mr Deakin said Thursday will feel much colder because of winds.

He also said parts of North East Scotland could experience snow showers.

The forecaster said: “It’s going to feel much closer to freezing particularly across North East Scotland where there will be some snow showers even to lower levels, not expected to build up or cause any problems but a definite taste of winter all be it very brief.”

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