01/03/2018 London News


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are being called into help.

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That's all from us -

now the news where you are.

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Good evening and welcome

to BBC London News,

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with me, Louisa Preston.

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Following the death of a man

who fell through ice

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in a park yesterday,

the London Fire Brigade's chief fire

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officer is warning people not

to venture onto frozen water.

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The emergency services

in the capital have been

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responding to an increase

in weather-related call-outs.

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One London hospital was forced

to cancel some routine operations

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as the freezing conditions continue

for a third day.

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Victoria Hollins reports.

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You can hear the ice cracking.

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It's not thick, but enough to leave

a small dog stranded.

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Firefighters wearing dry suits

rescued her in Greenhill Gardens

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in Barnet and returned her safely

to her owners.

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But elsewhere, the ice and cold had

more tragic consequences.

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In Danson Park in Bexleyheath,

a man in his 60s died after falling

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through ice on a pond yesterday.

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The emergency services

were called just before 4pm.

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The man, it's believed,

just fell into the pond here.

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He was rescued by another park user,

by a member of the public, before

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the emergency services arrived.

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He was taken to hospital

but died a short time later.

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The circumstances are

still being investigated,

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but it's the sort of tragedy that

London Fire Brigade

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is really worried about.

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Please do not go near frozen water.

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Even if it looks like it's safe

to walk on, you've got no idea

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how thick the ice is.

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People are falling in and the shock

factor can kill people very quickly.

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So, we're absolutely urging people

to stay away from any water.

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Cold weather brings other

challenges for those keeping

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the emergency services going.

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Very technical.

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All ready to go.

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Bob is doing everything he can

to keep things going outside

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at St George's Hospital in Tooting.

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He's got through the entire winter

supply of salt in just four days.

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It's my 29th year now and I've never

seen it like this before.

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I've looked after the grounds

and gardens in all that time

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and we've always looked

after the de-icing and

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clearing up of the roads.

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But it's never been as bad as this.

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It's just been constant,

constant, constant.

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When I came in on Tuesday,

it was minus 12.

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How's it going?

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It looks OK at the moment.

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Dr Phil Ross helps keep things

going inside the hospital.

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He's in charge of the emergency

department at St George's.

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There's an increase in heart attacks

and strokes during cold weather,

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but it brings other problems, too.

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We find that we get

an increase in injuries,

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because people slip over

on the snow, the ice.

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People on bicycles come off them.

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Cycling in snow is never a good

idea, from our perspective.

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And coupled with that,

it is extremely cold,

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so we are seeing patients who come

in hypothermic who need rewarming

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and become incredibly

ill because of this.

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At other hospitals including Barts,

some routine operations have

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had to be cancelled.

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But from the staff on the children's

ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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staying overnight, to the paramedics

still on their bikes,

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the emergency services

are overcoming the challenges

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the weather brings.

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Surrey was one of the worst

hit places in our area.

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180 schools were closed

in the county because of

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the freezing weather.

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But despite the difficult

conditions, carers were out in force

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bringing much needed help

and support to the elderly

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and vulnerable.

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From Surrey, Gareth Furby

sent this report.

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We're on the back roads in Surrey.

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The places gritters

don't often visit.

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And the task for Charlotte

is to get through safely.

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There are people, vulnerable people,

sometimes very poorly, elderly,

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that are depending on us

to get to them.

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It's care provided 365 days

a year and no weather,

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no matter how extreme,

will stop it.

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They're very small

residential roads.

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There's no grit, so we're

getting a bit icy, now.

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To be honest, I haven't experienced

these weather conditions before.

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I've actually borrowed

my son's wellies.

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Hopefully they will do the job.

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Hello, my love, we're here.

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And delighted that Charlotte's made

the effort is Cynthia,

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who's 88 years old.

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We will make you all lovely.

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Oh, dear.

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And you will be

the delight of Cobham.

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Really?

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Yes, absolutely.

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I couldn't manage without somebody

coming in, a carer.

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I couldn't manage...

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Undressing and dressing,

for example.

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I do need that help.

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With Charlotte continuing

on her rounds, we headed off

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through Surrey and the roads seemed

a lot emptier than usual as people

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stayed in and schools were closed.

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One of them, Reigate Grammar,

had early warning of this weather

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because of a forecast made

using the school's weather station.

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It was over a week ago that

I e-mailed all the staff

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and on the basis of what we had

learned from our weather club

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we started to think this

is a good possibility

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that we would get some snow.

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I must admit, I have a soft

spot for a snow day,

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to give the students a chance

to have some fun in the snow,

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to make some memories,

to create some lifetime

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moments of fun.

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But for care workers like Charlotte,

the job must go on.

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For the sake of those

who can't manage without her.

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A woman who bludgeoned her husband

to death has won a bid

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to challenge her conviction

at the Court of Appeal.

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Sally Challen is serving

an 18-year prison sentence

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after killing her husband

with a hammer.

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Her lawyers say she was the victim

of a form of domestic violence known

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as coercive control.

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Former mayor Boris Johnson was back

at City Hall today, for a grilling

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by the London Assembly over his role

in the failed Garden Bridge project.

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The Foreign Secretary denied wasting

taxpayers' money on the project,

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which would have seen hundreds

of trees and plants on a crossing

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over the River Thames

in central London.

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Some £37 million was spent

on the the project, before the plans

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were rejected by the current

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

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That's not true.

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Not a single penny of tax payers'

money has been wasted.

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Not a single penny.

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You listen to me.

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Not a signal penny of tax payers'

money has been wasted by me.

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It's been wasted by

the current Mayor of London,

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who cancelled the project.

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Now, as we've seen, the snow

and cold weather has been causing

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disruption in the capital,

but many have been enjoying it.

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Today, the Team GB snowboarder

Aimee Fuller, who crashed out

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of the Winter Olympics only a few

weeks ago, today was back

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on the snow - but this

time closer to home,

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on Primrose Hill.

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We caught up with her there.

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Two, three, keep going, keep going,

keep going, and release.

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MUSIC

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I'm positively surprised

at the gradient and speed that

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you can pick up on Primrose Hill.

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Go, guys.

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I love it.

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Imagination.

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Imagination at its finest.

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The best thing about the snow

in London is the inspiration

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and creativity we have seen

from just about everybody

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that is on this hill today.

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Yeah!

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Lots of fun being had

in Primrose Hill, but let's find out

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how much longer this cold weather

is going to be around for.

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Darren Bett is here.

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In weather terms it's the first

day of Spring today.

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It definitely doesn't feel like it.

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The first day of spring, would you

believe it. It's incredible, isn't

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it? It could actually be the coldest

March day on record today and it's

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got colder and colder as the week

goes on and that's due to the Beast

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from the East and that's really an

easterly wind that comes all away

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from Siberia. Over the past few days

we've seen that wind picking up,

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which brings with significant

wind-chill and now it's combining of

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course with Storm and that's coming

up from Portugal and brought wet and

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windy weather there. The, nation of

those two things which is the reason

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we've recently seen snow up the

Arsenal game earlier this evening.

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It's extremely cold, we've had a bit

of snow, but not as much as other

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parts of the country. Why is that?

We are further away from the storm

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and the moister air, which gives the

car snow flakes which are more

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likely to settle, has been further

north across the UK, so it's been

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what I'd call snizzle, accommodation

of snow and drizzle, that finds no,

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but the amber warning has been

extended towards parts of Surrey and

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Berkshire.

We'd like to show you

some pictures of the cold weather

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which is difficult to cope with for

some, but take a look at these.

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Extremely brave swimmers didn't let

temperatures of -3 put them off a

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bit of a dip! This lido saw an

increase in visitors as the snow

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fell!

Very brave people indeed. I'll say

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good night and hand you over to

Darren for a full forecast.

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You wouldn't catch me doing that!

Lets look at the amber warning from

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the Met Office. It's extended

towards Surrey and Berkshire, we

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have some snow around through the

latter part of this evening and for

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a while overnight. It tends to move

away as the night goes on, but we're

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left with a lot of cloud actually.

There won't be too much snow for

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many of us and temperatures

shouldn't get too low because we

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have the easterly wind as well. But

there's more snow to come tomorrow

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and after a dry start, perhaps not

too bad for the morning rush hour,

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we are looking at this spell of

snow, mostly light snow, pushing up

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from the south through the day. It

will be around for the evening rush

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hour and it will be cold again,

temperatures struggling to get above

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freezing. Add on the strength of the

wind and temperatures will be much

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lower or feel more like -9 for

example a in Luton. Some snow to

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come and some uncertainty about how

much snow there will be and what

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impact it will have. It's moving up

from the south, which means it will

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head northwards tomorrow evening and

tomorrow night and it should tend to

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clear away. We may get some breaks

in the cloud coming in from the

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south. Once that happens this is

actually less cold air. That takes

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us nicely onto the outlook, where

there are some significant changes

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on the way. What you will notice

first of all is that temperatures

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will be rising over the coming few

days, even through the weekend,

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because we're losing the easterly

wind. We

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