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Heavy snowfall of up to 10cm could cut off villages in the south east of England this week, the Met Office has warned.

A band of rain is due to push east across England on Tuesday evening, bringing widespread snow to the south of the country overnight.

Around 1cm to 3cm (1.2in) of snow is expected to accumulate “quite widely,” the Met Office said, with the possibility of 5cm (1.9in) to 10cm (3.9in) falling on higher ground.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the south of England, East Midlands and West Midlands from 9pm on Tuesday to midday on Wednesday.

A rural view of Richmondshire in winter snow
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A rural view of Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, in winter snow

Snow, possibly heavy at times, is also expected over Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern Wales.

Travel disruption is expected on the roads with the possibility of stranded vehicles, while rail and air travellers could also face delays or cancelled services.

Some rural communities could be cut off in the south east of England and power supplies may also be affected, it is warned.

Thick sheets of ice left untreated on roads, pavements and cycle paths could possibly result in injuries or accidents, the Met Office has warned.

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Snow is expected to develop overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday. Pic: Met Office

Forecaster Ellie Creed said: “It’s a case of normal wintry hazards that we would expect – snow, ice, frost are going to be quite prevalent over the next few days.”

On Monday morning, ice and snow made driving conditions hazardous across the northeast of Scotland, while other parts of the country woke up to icy conditions.

The Met Office said sub-zero temperatures across the country are expected, with the mercury set to plunge as low as -7C (19.4F) in rural areas of Scotland.

In northern England, temperatures could plummet to around -3C (26.6F), with some areas in the south “hovering around zero”.

Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said the UK is facing an increasing threat of snow later on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

She said: “A frontal system linked to storm Gabriel, recently named by the French Met Office, is set to bring a band of prolonged precipitation across Northern Ireland early on Tuesday and then southeastwards over England, Wales and southern Scotland through the following 24 hours.

“Snow will initially fall over hills but is likely to fall to lower levels through Tuesday afternoon and evening.

“We are expecting a covering of a few centimetres of snow at low levels but around 10cm (3.9in) over hills.”

Sky News weather presenter Kirsty McCabe added that even a small amount of snow or ice “could lead to travel disruption” with the coming days expected to be unsettled “with a messy mix of rain, snow and ice.”

It follows a windy weekend that left parts of Wales without electricity on Sunday as overhead cables were brought down.

Strong northerly winds with gusts of up to 70mph pounded the west and east coasts.

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