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Snow and sub-zero chill a sign of the Beast from the East’s return

Icy grip: Fire engine and ambulance follow car into ditch due to black ice PICTURE: SWNS

SNOW is forecast for Scotland and northern England tomorrow, amid signs the Beast from the East may return in the middle of next week.

Temperatures could plunge to minus 12C in Scotland tonight and minus 7C in the east of England, said the Met Office’s Alex Burkill. They are likely to be between 0C and 2C in many areas today and tomorrow.

The big freeze has already begun to take its toll, with black ice leading to a fire engine and an ambulance skidding into a ditch in Langport, Somerset — following the car they were rescuing.

Up to 12in of snow in Scotland and up to 8in on higher ground in northern England are predicted for tomorrow. A further chill is forecast to arrive on Saturday, with the chance of rain and ‘significant’ snow in central England.

And Mr Burkill said there is ‘very much a possibility’ of the Beast from the East returning.

The first ‘Beast’, which struck in February 2018, was caused by sudden stratospheric warming that sent freezing easterly winds from Siberia.

Mr Burkill said for a repeat of the weather system ‘we’d need a blocking area of high pressure, particularly to the north of the UK’. He added: ‘There are some signs that we could get something similar to that next week.’