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End-of-winter hill snow warning

Parts of England and Wales could finally experience some sleet and snow today - the last day of winter.

The Met Office yesterday declared that this has been the wettest winter for almost 250 years.

But forecasters have issued a severe weather warning for snow and slush today, potentially disrupting the morning rush hour.

High ground in Wales, the Midlands, the South West and London and the South East could be affected, though it is unlikely that snow will accumulate on lower ground.

Paul Mott from weather forecasters MeteoGroup, said snow was likely on high ground over 300 metres.

He said: "Through this morning there will be some snow likely over the hills of Wales and maybe over some western parts of the Midlands, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

"It will mostly be confined to the hills, which could have a covering of between 1cm and 3cm (0.4in to 1.2in), and will continue through up until 9am or 10am, when it will die away."

The UK has enjoyed a warmer than average winter so far, with yesterday's highest temperature recorded as 12.5C in Gravesend, Kent.

But temperatures are expected to plummet to as low as 6C in the South and 5C in the North today.

The end of winter has various different definitions. Meteorologists consider it to finish at the end of February, while the astronomical reckoning has winter ending at the spring equinox, usually around March 20.


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