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Parts of UK brace for snow.

Summary: Parts of the UK have been placed on a level three of four snow warning in anticipation of heavy snow on Saturday, February 4.

Parts of the UK have been placed on a level three of four snow warning in anticipation of heavy snow on Saturday, February 4.

The Met Office issued the warnings as predictions of 15cm of snow were issued for parts of central and northern England and much of Scotland.

Meanwhile, temperatures have plummeted throughout the UK, with -10.6C recorded in Chesham, Buckinghamshire at 2am on Saturday, and -10.3C in Benson, Oxfordshire.

Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: "We will see a frontal system that will push south eastwards across the UK and the rain associated with it will turn to snow.

"There will be some significant accumulations quite widely across much of England. Away from the South West and across eastern parts of Scotland we are looking at 5 to 10cm of snow in many areas."

But he added not everyone will see the white stuff: "Wales and the South West along with parts of western Scotland will mostly see rain."

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said council staff and volunteers would be braving the elements to make sure vulnerable people were cared for, and residents were also being encouraged to call in on elderly neighbours.

However, the spokesman advised people to keep checking their council's websites and Twitter feeds to stay up to date on transport and gritting information.

Utilities companies say they also have an army of staff on call to deal with an expected surge in emergency calls.

The snowy weather is expected to last until Sunday, although it will remain cold.

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