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easyJet flying high despite snow and ice

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Britain faces 10cm snowfall

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Wales bears brunt of fresh snowfalls

Britain was hit by snow, sleet and rain today with downpours forecast to dominate tonight.

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More snow is on the way for the UK overnight with large parts of England and Wales expected to be covered by 6am tomorrow, forecasters have predicted.

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