Six inches of snow on way

SCOTLAND can expect up to six inches of snow next week as winter arrives in force, forecasters said last night.

The North-east looks set to face heavy snow and overnight temperatures of minus 9C, while eastern England faces snow and sleet. Forecaster Gemma Plumb said: "It's going to turn increasingly cold next week and then, from Wednesday, showers are going to turn to sleet and snow, especially in northern Scotland and eastern parts of England.

Ms Plumb said Scotland would see heavy snow, while Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and East Anglia could expect "significant snow accumulations" but could not estimate the depth.