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Snow plumes are heading for the UK today as the nation prepares for an icy week with possible widespread disruption.
Scotland and parts of northern England including the Yorkshire Dales are forecast to grapple with snow on Monday morning, with the biggest accumulation of up to five inches (13 centimetres) possible in Pitlochry, Perthshire.
Elsewhere temperatures of -3C are anticipated to start the day, creating potential hazards with ice on the roads.
A "changeable" few days will then follow with rainy, sunny and foggy spells before snow returns at the end of next week.
In their long range forecast from January 23 onward, the Met Office has said: "A more unsettled regime is most likely during late January and into early February with spells of wet and windy weather followed by brighter but showery interludes.
"Overall temperatures are most likely to be near or a little above average though some colder interludes are possible.
"Snow could fall to lower levels at times in any colder interludes but is most likely over higher ground in the north."
It follows a week where freak snowstorms and overnight temperatures of -8C caught many people in the north of the UK unawares.
A leading bookmaker has now made this calendar month 'odds-on' at 4-5 to be the coldest January ever recorded in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "The mild festive period seems a distant memory already with cold weather gripping the UK, so much so that we now make this January odds on to enter the record books as the coldest first month of the year that we have ever had."
Flood alerts have also been issued for nine areas in Wales and southwest England this weekend, with those in affected areas advised to look at the Environment Agency site for the latest information.
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