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Met Office gives verdict on 'Beast from the East' rumoured to cover UK in snow

The Met Office has responded to reports that up to four inches of snow could hit the UK within days.

Reports have predicted that "a Beast from the East" could plummet the UK's temperature resulting in a thick downfall of snow in just a matter of days. But the weather experts have debunked the rumours and said that while temperatures have significantly dropped it doesn't look like we can expect a white winter just yet.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services said: "There is a change in weather patterns now looking likely at the start of December. If this happens, we are in a classic position to get a cold flow in from the east, and with that, snow, ice and very cold winds."

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He added: "This is an indicator of a Beast from the East, and although it has not woken up fully yet, it is safe to say the beast is opening its eyes.”

But the Met Office has confirmed that widespread snow and disruption is unlikely. It said there was a chance of a light dusting of snow on Scottish mountains but the rest of the UK is likely to miss the white stuff.

In Merseyside, while rain and strong winds are expected, there should be no snow just yet. It may also get chillier, but won't be freezing.

For the start of December, The Met Office said: "Temperatures overall likely to be around average at first, but with an increased change of somewhat colder conditions developing, compared to the start of this period."

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