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UK faces coldest winter for 13 years - 31 Jan 09  

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Snow will hit the UK next week during the coldest winter for 13 years, forecasters have said.

Freezing temperatures are set to take hold on Sunday, bringing heavy snow and bitterly cold winds from Russia on Monday and Tuesday.

People will need to wrap up warm and expect disruption on the roads as the cold snap moves in from the east.

Rachel Vince of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's looking like temperatures will fall away during Sunday night and Monday, while next week is looking distinctly colder than this week.

"On Sunday we are looking at showers coming from the east and turning increasingly wintry as the day progresses."

The areas at greatest risk of snow showers are eastern parts of England and Scotland, although it might stretch as far as eastern Wales.

She added: "Monday night is looking like having some more persistent snow. The areas at greatest risk are from Lincolnshire northwards, although it cannot be ruled out anywhere in Britain.

"We are expecting enough snow to cause disruption in places. The snow will settle where it falls."

On Monday, temperatures will struggle to get above zero centigrade (32F), though the snow is not expected to last beyond the middle of next week.

With overall temperatures in December and January between 1C (34F) and 1.5C (35F) below average and a freezing start to February looking likely, MeteoGroup meteorologist Michael Dukes predicted the coldest winter months since 1995/6

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Source: Press Association