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Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:08am 23rd February 2018.

A blast of cold weather known as the "Beast from the East" is sending temperatures plummeting across Yorkshire.

The mercury hit -4 degrees near Boroughbridge overnight and now a weather warning has been issued for possible snow on Tuesday morning.

Forecasters admit it is still unclear who will be affected and how much will fall.

They say there is 'the potential' for locally 5-10 cm of snow.

It's down to a rare North Pole phenomenon called "sudden stratospheric warming".

The mercury is expected to fall steadily over the coming days, with snow and icy conditions forecast for large swathes of the country next week.

The Met Office said the phenomenon will bring a prolonged spell of cold weather that could last into early March.

The event disrupted the polar vortex in the upper atmosphere, resulting in bitterly cold air sweeping in from Siberia, according to forecasters.

Sky News weather presenter Joanna Robinson warned that while spring should be approaching, winter was "far from over" for the UK. She said:

"There is increasing confidence that easterly winds will develop, dragging in very cold air from Siberia as early as next week.

"This set up is often referred to as the 'Beast from the East'.

"It's not just the UK that will be affected, much of Europe will see temperatures well below average."

The Met Office said the last time the UK was hit by a similar weather event was in 2013.

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