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Up to 10cm (3.9in) of snow could settle as temperatures continue to plummet across the country, with the early hours of Thursday forecast to be the coldest spell of winter so far.

Temperatures of -10C (14F) are predicted in parts of the country during the early hours of Thursday, the Met Office warned.

This winter’s record of -10.8C (12.6F) is expected to be broken as snow, ice, fog and strong winds hit the country.

Thursday could bring “very significant” snow, Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said, with up to 10cm (3.9in) expected to settle in areas of higher ground. Lower-lying areas could also get up several centimetres.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, indicating minor disruption and risk, across the entire UK today.

It will remain in place tomorrow, with exception to Glasgow and parts of central Scotland, as well as central parts of England from Burnley northwards.

Manchester Airport's runway was closed due to snow
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Manchester Airport’s runway was closed due to snow

On Friday, a yellow warning will remain in place for Wales, southern England, the Midlands, the North East, and the east coast of Scotland.

Mr Burkill added: “It’s currently just a yellow warning, but it’s not out of the question that will be ramped up nearer the time.

“It’s looking like it will be a spell of persistent snow.”

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: “The Met Office and Met Eireann have yellow warnings in force for most of England, Wales and Ireland for the risk of snow and ice on Thursday as a band of rain spreads slowly northwards to central and southern parts, hitting the cold air and turning to sleet and snow.

“Not everywhere will see snow, but where it does accumulate there is likely to be a couple of centimetres widely at low levels and possibly up to 10cm over high ground.

Dog walkers march past a windmill in Birkenhead, Merseyside
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Dog walkers march past a windmill in Birkenhead, Merseyside

“Ice will also be a big problem on Thursday morning and by the evening snow will be an added hazard for central and southern parts of the UK and Ireland. Winds will also be strong across the South West.”

Altrincham was blanketed in snow overnight. Pic: James Harwood
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Altrincham in Greater Manchester was blanketed in snow overnight. Pic: James Harwood

Councils have prepared for heavy snow, stocking up with more than 1.4 million tonnes of salt, the Local Government Association said.

The warnings come as snow brought Manchester and Liverpool airports to a halt on Wednesday morning. Several schools in the area had to shut for the day.

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