The Met Office has upgraded its snow warning to amber – or "risk to life" – for parts of the UK ahead of a winter storm that could dump 10cm.
The weather alert was raised in parts of southwest England and South Wales, where 3-7cm could accumulate in just two to three hours from Thursday afternoon.
Snow will be heavy and disruptive, with up to 10cm in some places, especially over higher ground.
The Met Office warned: "A band of rain will arrive from the southwest on Thursday afternoon, quickly turning to snow and becoming heavy at times. 3 to 7 cm is likely to accumulate quickly – within two to three hours – with up to 10 cm in some places. The highest snowfall accumulations are likely to be in areas above 150 metres or so."
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