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Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 6:09 PM GMT
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Image AttachmentBRITAIN will have a white Christmas, with Arctic blizzards bringing up to eight inches of snow.

Snow will blanket London, the South-east, Scotland, the North and eastern England as bitterly cold winds roar in, weathermen warned yesterday. Snowfalls on Christmas Day are now a “foregone conclusion”.

“It will be nightmarish – no one will escape a return of the cold weather,” said Jonathan Powell, senior forecaster for Positive Weather Solutions.

Unlike the snowfalls earlier in the month which crippled large parts of the country, the next wintry blast will also see gale-force 50mph winds blowing directly from the North Pole. These will bring the risk of giant snow drifts in some regions.

The Met Office has severe weather warnings in place for the whole of the UK this week.

They increase to high risk alerts for Thursday and Friday in the North, West and South-west.

Forecaster Helen Chivers said: “It doesn’t look good. There really is a severe weather front moving very quickly across the country, starting in the North and moving south on Thursday. By Thursday night the whole of the country will freeze solid, with snow and rain turning to ice really quickly.
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Second Arctic Outbreak Hits US; Why Is It So Cold? by Paul Yeager, AOL news
Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 12:13 AM GMT
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(Dec. 13) -- The second outbreak of Arctic cold in two weeks has hit the U.S., and residents in much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation will shiver again this week: Temperatures Tuesday morning will range from close to 30 below zero in International Falls, Minn., to near freezing in Miami.

While weather extremes are often blamed on either the El Nino or La Nina weather phenomena, it's a lesser-known weather factor, the Arctic Oscillation, that's more responsible for the bitter one-two punch. A "negative" phase of the oscillation occurs when atmospheric pressures are high over the high latitudes and low over the middle latitudes, resulting in a north-to-south Arctic flow across North America.

It doesn't take a four-year degree in meteorology to understand that a flow from the North Pole into the United States is a very cold pattern in the winter.

But in contrast, a "positive" phase of the Arctic Oscillation, which is when atmospheric pressures are lower over the high latitudes and higher over the middle latitudes, generally results in less frigid conditions across the United States.

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Public Warning: Weather set to take Arctic turn as big freeze returns to Britain
Monday, December 13th 2010, 5:58 PM GMT
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Snow and icy temperatures are expected to return across most of the country on Thursday, after a brief respite that has seen a shopping boom and pillar boxes closed because of the sheer quantity of hastily-posted Christmas cards.

The sense of a limited reprieve was confirmed this morning by the Met Office, which said that the thaw will end abruptly as prevailing winds veer and allow an Arctic front to move in again from Scandinavia.

Temperatures are expected to drop abruptly towards the levels of 10 days ago, with predicted lows of -10C (14F) in the most vulnerable areas along the eastern seaboard from Scotland to Kent.

Only the south-west has a chance of escaping the chill, which will follow a band of rain moving slowly south across the country on Wednesday night.

"It will be very cold and unsettled on Friday and through the weekend, with strong north-westerly winds bringing frequent snow showers to many places," said a Met Office spokeswoman. "Some significant accumulations are likely in places leading to some disruption, and with strong winds in places, there is a risk of drifting leading to temporary blizzard conditions."

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US storms: Rescuers seek motorists trapped on highway, BBC News
Monday, December 13th 2010, 5:55 PM GMT
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Emergency workers in the US state of Indiana are rushing to rescue motorists trapped in cars after a storm brought heavy snow to much of the Midwest.

High winds and snow were complicating rescue efforts, officials said. Four people were reported killed in weather-related accidents across the country.

The roof of the Metrodome stadium in Minneapolis collapsed on Sunday after a snowfall of 17 inches (43cm).

Meanwhile, officials warned of bitter cold temperatures across the US.

In Indiana, LaPorte County sheriff's deputy Andy Hynek told the Associated Press news agency that some motorists had been stranded as long as 12 hours on a 10-mile stretch of road.

"All the way across US 30 is at a standstill and all of those vehicles are occupied," he said.
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Public Warning: The Big Freeze set to return to deliver white Christmas by Richard Alleyne
Sunday, December 12th 2010, 7:29 PM GMT
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Families planning last minute shopping trips and visits to their relatives have been warned to brace themselves for more snow and plummeting temperatures in the run up to Christmas as a second wave of wintry weather is set to paralyse Britain.

Biting winds sweeping in from the Arctic are expected to blanket the country once again in snow and lead to temperatures dropping to as low as -15C.

The combination of 50mph blasts and eight inches of snow could even lead to snow drifts blocking roads and railways, cutting off villages and schools.

The icy weather, which is due to start this Thursday and could last into the New Year, will bring to an end a brief respite in weather which has seen more typical milder temperatures.
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Now the Army moves in to clear away snow in coldest December for 100 years as fuel runs out at petrol stations in Scotland and East Anglia
Thursday, December 9th 2010, 8:58 PM GMT
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Thursday, December 9th 2010, 12:32 PM GMT
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BRITAIN is experiencing a “once-in-a-lifetime” big freeze – and forecasters predict temperatures of minus 20C are on their way.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for Scotland, the north and east of England today and tomorrow with warnings of up to eight inches of snow today in the Yorkshire Moors.

Less remote areas could see up to four inches of snowfall. And next week, up to six inches of snow, which could last until Christmas, is forecast across much of Britain.

Another onslaught is expected this weekend or early next week, according to meteorologist Brian Gaze.

It is set to cause added mayhem to the cold blast which has already led to 13 deaths and wreaked havoc on the roads, trains and at airports. Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said it would be milder tomorrow but it won’t last.

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Statement due on Scotland's snow road chaos BBC News Scotland
Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 12:16 PM GMT
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Scotland's transport minister will make an emergency statement to parliament later on the snow chaos which brought gridlock to major roads on Monday.

Opposition MSPs have criticised Stewart Stevenson's response to the severe weather. Efforts are still continuing to reopen a 20-mile section of the M8.

Transport Scotland advised drivers in the central belt to make only "essential journeys".

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pupils are having yet another day off school.

All schools in Glasgow, Inverclyde, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire will be shut.

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Scotland calls in the Army to clear snow and ice by Heidi Blake
Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 12:13 PM GMT
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Scotland has called in the Army to clear a fresh wave of ice and snow that has crippled the country’s transport network.

Edinburgh City Council is in discussions with the Army at Redford Barracks about drafting in troops to clear residential streets after 30 inches of snow fell in parts of the capital.

The deluge – which appeared to take the authorities by surprise – saw people forced to sleep in their cars overnight or abandon them on the highways as motorways and A-roads were left impassable.

The recent snowfall is the heaviest the city has seen for about 50 years, and temperatures are expected to stay resolutely below freezing throughout Scotland until Thursday - leaving thick sheets of ice and compacted snow on roads and pavements.

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The big freeze is back: Forecasters warn of 8in of snow by tomorrow morning
Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 5:39 PM GMT
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Britain is set for another chilling wallop of weather as forecasters warned that the snow which has plunged Scotland into chaos will move south by tomorrow morning.

A deluge of snow which saw up to 16in fall in a matter of hours north of the border stranded thousands of motorists overnight and left schoolchildren stuck in their classrooms.

The Met office warned today that the freezing weather front would cross the border and hit Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in the early hours of Wednesday to create carnage in rush hour.

As temperatures plummeted to -16c (3f) they issued fresh weather alerts for the east coast amid fears that a further 8in could settle on drifts left behind by last week’s unprecedented snowfall.

Forecaster Helen Chivers said: 'The snow is making its way south from Scotland and will start to hit the east coast during the early hours and throughout the morning rush hour.

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