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Warning that heavy snow and severe cold could lead to travel disruption next week

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 23 February 2018

A covering of snow over Norwich. Pictured from Britannia Road at Mousehold Heath.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A covering of snow over Norwich. Pictured from Britannia Road at Mousehold Heath. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A weather warning for severe cold and heavy snow that could lead to travel disruptions has been put in place for the region next week.

Snow is forecasted for these areas next week (Picture: Met Office) Snow is forecasted for these areas next week (Picture: Met Office)

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow for the East of England from 4pm on Monday until just before midnight on Tuesday.

It warned of potential travel delays on roads and train cancellations.

“Snow showers may become persistent from late Monday afternoon, continuing overnight and throughout Tuesday,” the office said in a statement.

“There is the potential for travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

“Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

The conditions will be caused by a sudden stratospheric warming, caused by a rise in air temperature around the North Pole.

It will result in cold air sweeping in from Siberia, forecasters say.

Forecasters have warned that the cold snap - dubbed the Beast from the East - could last into March.

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