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Charles Wade-Palmer & Reanna Smith

Met Office responds to rumours 'Beast from the East' to return with four inches of snow

The Met Office have responded to rumours that a repeat of the Beast from the East could bring up to four inches of snow to the UK.

As temperatures plummet in many areas across the country, some weather reports have suggested that we could be seeing heavy snowfall and icy conditions within a few days.

The infamous 2018 Beast from the East saw Anticyclone Hartmut join forces with Storm Emma to wreak havoc across the UK.

Blankets of snow resulted in closed roads and schools as well as a red snow warning from the Met Office, signifying a risk to life.

Reports suggested a blanket of snow from the east could be heading for the UK (PA)

Whispers of a second-round of the storm started recently when Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said the Beast from the East could be "opening its eyes once again".

But the Met Office have now said that predictions of another blistering snow storm from the east are premature, with only the mountains of Scotland expecting snow soon.

Snow has been predicted for the mountains of Scotland (PA)

A spokesman for the meteorological forecaster told the Daily Star : "The only sign of snow in our forecast at the moment is over the Scottish mountains overnight tonight, not unusual for the end of November.

"In the longer term, there are signals that higher pressure could move in from the middle of next week which could act to calm the weather down across the UK and lead to drier conditions."

The Met Office said there was 'no suggestion' of a return of the Beast from the East (PA)

Reassuring those dreading the cold winter ahead, the spokesman added: "Although this might bring temperatures back down closer to average for the time of year, there is no suggestion of anything similar to the significant cold spell in 2018."

The Met Office's prediction comes after meteorologist Jim Dale said: “There is a change in weather patterns now looking likely at the start of December."

Experts warned of a cold flow from the east (PA)

He added:' "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.

"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.”

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