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Snow settles briefly in Westcountry but forecasters fear flooding

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

Residents of Princetown, Devon, woke to snow yesterday morning, but wetter weather is on the way

Residents of Princetown, Devon, woke to snow yesterday morning, but wetter weather is on the way

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The first snow of the winter season has fallen across parts of Devon.

Flurries of snow fell on higher ground yesterday following a cold night, but quickly disappeared or turned to rain by the morning.

Areas of Dartmoor woke up to a light dusting, and there were reports of snow near Exeter city centre. The region has been warned to brace itself for another barrage of wet weather, which could bring further flooding misery on already saturated ground.

The Exeter-based Met Office warned that a combination of strong winds, heavy rain and high tides would increase the risk of flooding across the region.

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Wet weather warnings have been issued for today, tomorrow and Saturday – raising fears some parts of Devon and Cornwall could suffer from localised flooding.

Officers of the region's highways and emergency services are monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to deal with any problems. A Met Office forecaster said a band of wet and mild weather would hit the Westcountry by this evening.

He said: "Persistent rain of up to 30mm on higher ground will fall on Friday. There is the possibility of localised flooding on saturated ground that is more sensitive to rainfall."

Winds of up to 65mph are forecast on exposed coastlines, while temperatures are expected to reach 12C.

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  • whattodo  |  December 13 2012, 8:14PM

    To heck with the hills, let me find my Bearskin Coat, it kept Bruin warm, let it do same for me now.

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  • Kobybill  |  December 13 2012, 1:35PM

    Lets hope for a massive blizzard so all us city folk can rush to Princetown to play! I know how much the local citizens love us to cause havoc up there!!!

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  • hstmtu4000  |  December 13 2012, 9:50AM

    For those interested meteorologically speaking the Atlantic is now powering up big time thanks to a powerful jet stream blasting its way towards us all the way from Newfoundland. http://tinyurl.com/7vuz3tk As a result things are now looking very unsettled weatherwise up to Christmas with copious amounts of unwanted rain and gales as repeated deep low pressure systems are "steered" our way by that jet stream. Also here is a link to a satellite showing Europe and the North atlantic in real time.You can clearly see the atlantic weather systems powering their way towards us.Batten down the hatches folks. http://tinyurl.com/bjmshsw

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  • Monkeyman  |  December 13 2012, 9:16AM

    RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!

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