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Sprinkling of snow for Midland beauty spot.

SNOW covered a Midland beauty spot yesterday morning as the forecast cold snap hit the region. Many woke to see flakes falling at daybreak although much of it did not settle on the ground and no disruption to services was reported. Early morning dog walkers on Birmingham's Lickey Hills got to enjoy a glistening spread during their early outing. Forecasters predicted an Arctic blast would strike the region this weekend, and warned that up to four inches would cover some parts.

Temperatures were expected to struggle to climb above freezing and could dip to minus five, with a significant wind chill factor making the Midlands bitterly cold.

Nights were forecast to be very cold with widespread frosts and the mercury plunging well below zero.

And further heavy snow has been forecast for tomorrow.

Forecaster Sarah Holland, of the Met Office, said: "There are two systems - one a milder front bringing raIn and another much colder system from the east. Wherever these clash there will be snow. We have already seen a change in temperatures and this cold snap is likely to continue for several days with more snow possible on Monday."

Birmingham City Council said it was planning to grit 750 miles of its main highways with teams on 24-hour standby during the adverse weather.

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ALL WHITE: Walkers trudge through snow on the Lickey Hills
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2013
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