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Snow is set to fall in the UK next week, weather forecasters have revealed.
The Met Office says that plunging temperatures next week means it 'will be cold enough' for snow to fall on areas of higher ground, such as the Highlands in Scotland.
It comes after the national weather agency predicted that the current spell of miserable wet and windy weather will continue to lash the nation until the weekend.
The rain could even lead to flooding in some places today (Wednesday 27), only one week after Storm Aurore caused chaos and travel disruption across the UK. It is reported that up to a month's worth of rainfall could fall in Cumbria today.
The Met Office forecast for today reads:
"Rain, heavy and persistent on hills, affecting southern Scotland, northern England and perhaps north Wales is likely to lead to some flooding in places. Mostly dry to the north and in the south and east. Staying windy and very mild."
Tonight, meanwhile, the forecast says:
"Further rain, heavy on hills, affecting southern Scotland, northern England and Wales. Mostly dry to the north and south of here. Windy and mild or very mild."
A number of weather warnings have also been issued for the UK for the next three days.
A yellow weather warning for rain is in place today from 6am to 11;59pm for the northwest of England, including Carlisle and Whitehaven, as well as some border areas of Scotland.
This means there is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings. Roads and public transport may also be affected.
On Thursday and Friday the warnings remain in place in the north, and are also expanded to include the west coast of Wales.
Anyone wanting to wager snowfall on December 25 for the traditional 'White Christmas' betting market is going to need to wait until the end of November, when bookies traditionally open the market. This follows the release of the Met Office's long-range forecast for November.
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