Odds on White Easter with widespread alerts in force for snow disruption

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A yellow weather warning for "heavy snow" has been issued by the Met Office today covering much of the East Midlands, including Melton.

The Met Office warning says: "Possibility of heavy snow over parts of England, Wales and southern Scotland".

Strong winds will whip up deep snow drifts with several inches of the white stuff now expected to blanket swathes of the country.

"At present, the extent and amounts of any snow are very uncertain and it is quite possible snow might not be too disruptive".

"The next weather system will not have arrived yet so there could be a window on Easter Day although it will potentially be cold and frosty to start with on Sunday".

Forecasters are warning drivers in Scotland to expect longer journey times as some roads are expected to be affected by snow showers.

By Easter Monday cold air will once again be feeding in from the east and this is when forecasters much of the northern half of the United Kingdom could see snow.

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Any showers will fall as rain in England, but these should ease in the south during the afternoon.

Across the United Kingdom there is a mixed bag of conditions, often with cold and windy showers and long spells of rain at times.

"Easter is always a busy period on the road network and we'd urge all motorists to make sure they do their bit to check their vehicle is roadworthy before setting off over this period".

Next week's pattern is more of a west to east style. leaving temperatures a little closer to normal, though the unsettled weather will continue.

A cold front Saturday night will bring some rain showers, and eventually some snow as well late Saturday into Sunday morning.

Mostly sunny weather will return on Thursday but we'll stay cool in the metro area with highs near 50°.

Widespread overnight frost, but cold northeast winds easing on Sunday. But driving could be tricky with blowing snow in the air. Shower activity will end from northwest to southeast by the early morning hours.