Brits are being warned to brave themselves for some of the harshest, snowiest winter weather in YEARS.
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Forecasters say the conditions are set to be "potent" and "memorable". Thanks to pressure between northern Europe and the Arctic region, a chilling wave of air is set to sink south.
It is now feared that the dramatic change in conditions could close airports in scenes reminiscent of the winter of 2010 and 2011.
As a result, The Local Government Association said it is closely monitoring weather reports.
Environment spokesman Martin Tett said: "Councils are fully prepared to protect residents and minimise disruption with temperatures set to drop.
"They are constantly monitoring up-to-the-minute weather reports to make sure they can stay one step ahead of the weather.
"We are well prepared for the cold with salt stockpiled and a fleet of state-of-the-art gritters ready to be deployed."
Exacta Weather's James Madden added: "The Arctic and North Atlantic Oscillation will both start to trend more towards negative territory from this point forward and this will also begin to build the right conditions for a colder than average winter this year.
"Despite this there will be phases of strongly negative plunges particularly from December to January.
"This will result in some very potent or potentially memorable periods of cold and snow within this period for many parts of the country, and despite some swings to milder weather at times, the colder periods of weather should be taken seriously and prepared for sooner rather than later, so that people aren't taken by surprise when these wintry blasts do occur."