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Snow arrives as prolonged spell of cold weather starts

25 November 2010 Last updated at 09:47 GMT

The earliest widespread snowfall for 17 years has begun to grip many parts of the UK.

Up to 10cm (4in) of snow settled in northern Scotland and north-east England overnight, with falls also reported in Northern Ireland and Wales.

The Met Office has issued warnings of heavy or drifting snow and widespread icy roads, particularly for the eastern side of the UK.

Weather forecasters predict the cold spell will persist into next week.

Danny Savage reports.

UK weather summary