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  1. As many of you will have read, Scotland has recently been hit by snow and the cold snap is heading our way. Arctic winds will be bringing a big drop in temperature. March was the warmest month in Wales since 1957 with beach and picnic weather last week and highs of 22 Celsius but tomorr...

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  2. The gritters in Wales are gearing up for a busy time. There's no snow at the moment but some is expected by morning and we're in for a wintry mix of weather over the next 24 hours with rain, snow and some freezing rain too. Freezing rain is where rain falls onto frozen ground, turning roads a...

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  3. Wales escaped the worst of the snow on Saturday. There was some snow although not everywhere, leaving some people disappointed. Most of the snow that did fall has now melted after a spell of rain and a rise in temperature. Temperatures this afternoon across Wales are in the range 4 to 8 Ce...

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  4. Derek is off today so Sue Charles has kindly picked up the weather mantle. We've just had the coldest night of year so far especially in Powys where temperatures fell to -11 Celsius near Llanwrtyd Wells and -9 In Newbridge on Wye! But there's a big change this weekend as a battle takes ...

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  5. Some parts of Wales have already had a dusting of snow but it looks like we could be in for the first proper snow of the winter later tonight and tomorrow morning! Mind you, it's not going to snow everywhere, it will depend very much on where you live and how high you are above sea level. Some places will just have rain. Based on the latest information from the Met Office, the higher ground of South and Mid Wales could be worst hit by snow but of course things could change with further updates later today. There is still some uncertainty on the path of a deepening area of low pressure moving in from the Atlantic. A change in direction of just 50 to 100 miles north or south can make all the difference as to which part of Britain will get heavy rain, snow or severe gales. This evening rain in Pembrokeshire will spread across the rest of Wales and it will turn increasingly to sleet and snow after midnight. On the coast it will probably stay as rain or sleet but snow inland. The Met Office has issued a yellow and amber snow warning for parts of Wales. Amber means be prepared for some disruption. Forecast chart for 6am on Friday, 16 December, 2011. Parts of Mid Wales, the South Wales Valleys and Monmouthshire could have 2 to 5 cm of snow, 1 to 2 inches. However over 10cm (4 inches) is possible on higher ground e.g. the Heads of the Valleys, the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and the hills of Powys. The snow will be the wet, sticky kind and consist of big flakes. It will settle, especially but not exclusively on higher ground. Cardiff and Swansea may get away with little if any snow but I wouldn't rule out a light covering on some cars and the grass. Tomorrow the rain and snow will move away but in the north showers will move in from the Irish Sea, some of these heavy falling as rain, hail, sleet and snow with thunder possible too. Pen y Fan with a dusting of snow by Mike Davies. Tomorrow night, the showers will clear and with temperatures falling close to freezing or below ice will become a hazard. This is not the start of a severe cold spell though and it looks like turning milder in the run up to Christmas next week, so a White Christmas looks unlikely at the moment. So, a wintry mix of weather heading our way in the next 24 hours. Don't forget you can keep up to date with the forecast and the latest traffic and travel news on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru. If you take any pictures of snow why not send them in to the weather team via email to dereksdiary@bbc.co.uk or send me a tweet @derektheweather. Derek

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  6. We've had just about everything thrown at us today - heavy rain, sleet, thunder, snow and hail the size of large peas. Mark Hillman sent in this picture via twitter. The road in Ystradfellte covered in hailstones making driving conditions treacherous and it's been a similar story in other parts of the country too. We've also had plenty of rain and some flooding with over 11 flood alerts in force at the time of writing and a flood warning on the River Dee from Llangollen to Chester. There have been strong to severe gale force winds as well. At Mumbles Head, in Swansea a gust of 81mph was recorded this afternoon with gusts of 67mph at Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula. The reason for the disturbed weather is low pressure. The air over us has come from Greenland so its unstable producing towering clouds and heavy showers. Mountainous seas off the Anglesey coast by Mr Lyn Adams from Llanfair P.G Tonight, further heavy showers are expected in the south feeding in from the Bristol Channel. Snow is likely in places, especially on higher ground with the north dry and clearer. The wind will be easing but still breezy on the coast and temperatures inland falling close to freezing with a frost and a risk of ice. There is now a Met Office snow warning in force covering most of Wales tonight and tomorrow. It's a yellow warning which is the lowest grading. So, widespread problems are not expected but be aware that there is some snow in the forecast. In fact some places, especially the higher communities including the south Wales Valleys could have a covering of snow by tomorrow morning. A few sunny intervals are likely tomorrow but showers will become more widespread during the day. Rain, hail and sleet again. Some snow in places too but later in the afternoon the showers should be mostly of rain. Temperatures on the cold side, 4 to 7 Celsius. The wind not as strong as today but still breezy, especially on the coast and gusty at times near the showers. On Wednesday night a trough of low pressure will bring more rain and heavy showers. Strong to gale force winds possible in Pembrokeshire. The air less cold so any snow should be confined to the very highest ground. Thursday will be breezy with some sunshine and scattered showers, becoming dry for a time but we could be in for another dose of stormy weather on Thursday night into Friday. It all depends on an area of low pressure and which path it takes. Wales could be in the firing line for more heavy rain, flooding and gales but it's there is still some uncertainty. So it would be worth keeping a close eye on the forecast over the next couple of days. Derek

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  7. It's time to batten down the hatches If you thought today was windy, just wait until tomorrow! An Atlantic storm is heading our way bringing heavy rain and strong to severe gale force winds. Scotland and Northern Ireland will be worst hit but the Met Office has issued a wind warning covering North Wales as well. Wind gusts 50 to 70 mph are expected with some travel disruption likely. And it will be dangerously windy on the mountains with stronger gusts, around 90 mph or more. The storm will bring milder air with temperatures rising as high as 12 Celsius but temperatures will drop once the rain clears during the afternoon and Friday will be a cold, breezy day. There will be some sunshine but a few wintry showers as well and most of these will be in the north. There is currently a Met Office snow warning in force for northern counties. Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Wrexham and Flintshire. The snow will be in the form of showers and will be a bit hit and miss so widespread disruption is not expected. Most of the snow will fall on higher ground where it will settle and could cause minor problems locally, however on Friday night into Saturday, ice could be the main hazard on untreated roads. The weekend will start frosty on Saturday but apart from the odd shower it should be dry with some sunshine. Sunday will turn less cold but windier with some rain clearing to showers later. So, you can expect all kinds of winter weather over the next few days but take extra care if you are travelling. Derek

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  8. Figures from the Met Office suggest Autumn 2011 was the joint warmest on record in Wales (shared with 2006). The mean temperature for September, October and November was 11.6 Celsius, two degrees above the average. Sunshine was on target and it was drier than normal with 338 mm of rain...

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  9. It's feeling chilly today with fresh to strong winds and heavy showers and cold enough for snow on the mountains. At the time of writing, the temperature in Llanberis is 8 deg;C Celsius but at Clogwyn station, a mile below the summit of Snowdon, on the Snowdon Mountain Railway the temperatu...

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  10. Well, I'm on snow patrol today along with my colleague Sue Charles. We're currently watching a deep area of low pressure out over the Atlantic. This will move towards Britain tomorrow pushing a front northwards bringing a mixture of rain, sleet and snow. Met Office Weather warning. So anoth...

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