Snow alert issued for the south east

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Forecasters say the south east is likely to see snow this week as winter weather sweeps across the country.

The Met Office is forecasting snow to fall over most of the UK as Arctic air moves south and winds pick up towards the end of the week.

As the week progresses, parts of the South East will start to see wintry showers. Night-time temperatures in Portsmouth are predicted to drop below zero at the end of the the week. The Met Office say further snow falling heavily in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and Norfolk.

Steven Keates, from the Met Office, said: ‘On Thursday the showers spread further south and east, putting most places at risk of showers.

‘It is going to turn much chillier, particularly through Thursday and Friday. Some areas could see snow, and some pretty significant snow.

‘Most places are at risk. By Thursday and/or Friday, I think most places will stand risk of seeing something a bit wintry - sleet or snow.’

Temperatures are not set to dip too low this week, but the wind - and some risk of gales across Scotland - will make it feel colder than it is.

Mr Keates said: ‘Next weekend we could be into minus double figures overnight. But this week it will be more about the feel, rather than the temperatures.’