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Roads and ferries hit by snowfall

Early snowfall and high winds have brought disruption to parts of the UK, affecting roads and ferry services.

Snow fell across high ground from the north midlands towards Scotland, with the Highlands particularly affected.

Meteorologists said it was unlikely that any region would escape the gloom, with parts of Wales and Scotland expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather, and the longer term forecast fails to lift the dark skies, with storms expected towards the end of the week as well.

Rachel Vince, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "There is a deep low moving in from the north west bringing very strong and gusty winds across the whole of the UK."

Gusts of 40 to 50mph will be typical, with winds picking up to 71mph in parts of western Scotland and the west coast. Gusts will also reach 56mph in areas of the south east.

The windy weather will be accompanied by heavy rain that will spread eastwards throughout the day. "It is going to be a pretty horrible day," Ms Vince added.

The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings, alerting people of heavy rain, severe gales and heavy snow in the Scottish Highlands.

Warnings of gale force winds and heavy rain were also given in Wales, along with heavy rain and heavy snow in parts of the north west of England. A severe warning of heavy rain was also issued in south west England.

After a brief respite in the middle of the week, storms and heavier winds are due to return around Thursday with the threat of thunder and lightning in western Scotland.

The A93 Glenshee to Braemar road in the Grampian area was closed due to drifting snow and high winds while motorists on the M74 near Beattock were advised to drive with caution due to snow in the area.


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