WEATHER WARNING: Months of heavy snowfall forecast

Deep snow and drifts on roads near Castleton, Derbyshire, in the winter of 2010/11.
Deep snow and drifts on roads near Castleton, Derbyshire, in the winter of 2010/11.
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An early weather warning has been issued across the UK as experts forecast months of heavy snow in what is expected to be the worst winter in half-a-century.

A combination of freak conditions including the most powerful El Nino on record and changes in air pressure over the Arctic are set to cause contribute to the icy conditions.

The forecast shows snow is expected to start falling in December and continue until March although the earliest snowfall could arrive by early November.