Britons open curtains to fresh snow with -6C Arctic blast set to bring up to FOUR inches more today

Britons today opened their curtains to fresh snow, with weather experts now forecasting -6C Arctic blasts and four more inches later today – sparking road and rail chaos warnings.

Areas of the north such as Wigan, Liverpool and Manchester were blanketed in snow overnight, along with Stoke-on-Trent and other areas of the Midlands.

So heavy was the snowfall in Gloucestershire, it prompted the local police to warn members of the public to take care and to ‘only go out if it is essential to do so’.

The force had a number of reports of snow around the county causing disruption, which was hampering people in the Forest of Dean and the A417 around Birdlip.

Londoners meanwhile woke up to temperatures of 0C (32F), with much of the country hit with freezing temperatures overnight.

Large areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have today been placed under a yellow weather warning by the Met Office, who warn more snow and ice could be on the way today.

One yellow warning, which covers London, most of the Home Counties, much of the west Midlands and Wales, forecasts snow and ice today.

Meanwhile, another, yellow warning, covering the north-west of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, also forecasts snow and ice. 

Both yellow alerts also warn of widespread ice and disruption to travel, including roads, trains and busses. There were also 100 flood warnings in place in England on Monday morning.

Drivers have already faced delays on the motorway today, including on the M56 between Chester and Manchester, where only one westbound lane remained open this morning due to snow. 

Highways England officials were deployed to help a trucker on the same motorway after the lorry driver lost control on the eastbound carriageway near Lymm.

North West Motorway Police have reported at least three crashes on the M60 this morning, one on the M6 and one on the M56. In one post on Twitter, they said: ‘Just a reminder to drivers, it is very slippy on the roads today.’

There are also warning of delays on trains through the north-west and the Midlands due to snow, while there is currently a tree down in the Stoke area, causing delays. The clearance work is said to be taking longer than usual due to the snow. 

Staffordshire Police also warned of ‘serious disruption’, with several roads in the area impassable. In the West Midlands, Dudley Zoo said it would be closed on Monday due to the snow. 

A fire crew pushes a stranded paramedic's car up a snowy hill in the West Midlands this morning, as she tries to make it into work for her day's shift

A fire crew pushes a stranded paramedic's car up a snowy hill in the West Midlands this morning, as she tries to make it into work for her day's shift

A fire crew pushes a stranded paramedic’s car up a snowy hill in the West Midlands this morning, as she tries to make it into work for her day’s shift

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday after Bella battered regions overnight on Boxing Day. More snow fell overnight, including in Birmingham (pictured)

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday after Bella battered regions overnight on Boxing Day. More snow fell overnight, including in Birmingham (pictured)

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday after Bella battered regions overnight on Boxing Day. More snow fell overnight, including in Birmingham (pictured)

Large areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have today been placed under a yellow weather warning by the Met Office (pictured)

Large areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have today been placed under a yellow weather warning by the Met Office (pictured)

Large areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have today been placed under a yellow weather warning by the Met Office (pictured)

Other areas were also hit with snow today, including in Hindley, Wigan, this morning, as forecasters warn of more snow on the way

Other areas were also hit with snow today, including in Hindley, Wigan, this morning, as forecasters warn of more snow on the way

Other areas were also hit with snow today, including in Hindley, Wigan, this morning, as forecasters warn of more snow on the way

Manchester was also hit by snow overnight, with a warning for snow and ice set to remain in place until 6pm today

Manchester was also hit by snow overnight, with a warning for snow and ice set to remain in place until 6pm today

Manchester was also hit by snow overnight, with a warning for snow and ice set to remain in place until 6pm today

One yellow warning, covering the north-west of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, forecasts snow and ice today

One yellow warning, covering the north-west of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, forecasts snow and ice today

One yellow warning, covering the north-west of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, forecasts snow and ice today

Areas of the north, including Wigan and Barrowford (pictured here this morning) were today blanketed in snow

Areas of the north, including Wigan and Barrowford (pictured here this morning) were today blanketed in snow

Areas of the north, including Wigan and Barrowford (pictured here this morning) were today blanketed in snow

Large areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have today been placed under a yellow weather warning by the Met Office, who say snow and ice could be on the way this afternoon. Pictured: Snow in England today

Large areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have today been placed under a yellow weather warning by the Met Office, who say snow and ice could be on the way this afternoon. Pictured: Snow in England today

Large areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have today been placed under a yellow weather warning by the Met Office, who say snow and ice could be on the way this afternoon. Pictured: Snow in England today

Pictures show snow in Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands today, as experts predict more snow for later on, including in parts of the south

Pictures show snow in Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands today, as experts predict more snow for later on, including in parts of the south

Pictures show snow in Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands today, as experts predict more snow for later on, including in parts of the south

One yellow warning, which covers London, the Home Counties, most of the west Midlands and Wales, forecasts snow and ice, says: 'An area of rain is likely to move south through Sunday night and Monday across parts of England and Wales.

One yellow warning, which covers London, the Home Counties, most of the west Midlands and Wales, forecasts snow and ice, says: 'An area of rain is likely to move south through Sunday night and Monday across parts of England and Wales.

One yellow warning, which covers London, the Home Counties, most of the west Midlands and Wales, forecasts snow and ice, says: ‘An area of rain is likely to move south through Sunday night and Monday across parts of England and Wales.

A yellow warning for parts of north-west England, Scotland and Northern Ireland says: 'A band of rain, sleet and snow followed by wintry showers will move south across western and central parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday evening and then into parts of northern England and north Wales early on Monday morning.

A yellow warning for parts of north-west England, Scotland and Northern Ireland says: 'A band of rain, sleet and snow followed by wintry showers will move south across western and central parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday evening and then into parts of northern England and north Wales early on Monday morning.

A yellow warning for parts of north-west England, Scotland and Northern Ireland says: ‘A band of rain, sleet and snow followed by wintry showers will move south across western and central parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday evening and then into parts of northern England and north Wales early on Monday morning.

A dog walker walks her dog for the first time in the snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night

A dog walker walks her dog for the first time in the snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night

A dog walker walks her dog for the first time in the snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night

The warnings are set to last until 6pm on Monday. Pictured: Cars are covered in snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night

The warnings are set to last until 6pm on Monday. Pictured: Cars are covered in snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night

The warnings are set to last until 6pm on Monday. Pictured: Cars are covered in snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night

A driving instructor in the West Midlands removes snow off the top of his car after heavy snowfall in the West Midlands overnight

A driving instructor in the West Midlands removes snow off the top of his car after heavy snowfall in the West Midlands overnight

A driving instructor in the West Midlands removes snow off the top of his car after heavy snowfall in the West Midlands overnight

And there could be more disruption to come. In the Met Office yellow warning for southern England, Wales and the Midlands, it says: ‘An area of rain is likely to move south through Sunday night and Monday across parts of England and Wales.

‘There is the potential for this to turn to snow for a time. There is a lot of uncertainty in where snow develops with some areas seeing little or no accumulations.

‘However, there is a very low likelihood of 1-3 cm, and locally 5-10 cm falling in a few places, particularly over higher ground of Wales.’

The warning for north-west England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, says: ‘A band of rain, sleet and snow followed by wintry showers will move south across western and central parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday evening and then into parts of northern England and north Wales early on Monday morning. 

‘Localised accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible to lower levels but higher accumulations are likely over higher ground. Above 250 metres, accumulations of 5-10 cm are possible.’

The warnings are set to last until 6pm on Monday. Today there has already been travel disruption in the south.

Rail operator Southeastern announced just after 7.15am that trains towards London were unable to run between Maidstone East and West Malling because of ice causing power supply problems.

‘The freeze is making it difficult to get electricity through to the third rail – in conjunction with Network Rail, our staff were trying to clear the ice to get trains moving again’ they said.

By 8.30am, a train had run through and cleared the line through West Malling, and services were running again but delayed by up to 60 minutes and subject to change.

Rail operator Southeastern announced just after 7.15am that trains towards London were unable to run between Maidstone East and West Malling because of ice causing power supply problems. Pictured: A jogger out in the snow around Bolton today

Rail operator Southeastern announced just after 7.15am that trains towards London were unable to run between Maidstone East and West Malling because of ice causing power supply problems. Pictured: A jogger out in the snow around Bolton today

Rail operator Southeastern announced just after 7.15am that trains towards London were unable to run between Maidstone East and West Malling because of ice causing power supply problems. Pictured: A jogger out in the snow around Bolton today

Southeastern managed to get a de-icer train to run through to Sevenoaks but warned trains were still likely to be delayed or change routes through Tonbridge. Pictured: Cyclists out in the snow around Bolton today

Southeastern managed to get a de-icer train to run through to Sevenoaks but warned trains were still likely to be delayed or change routes through Tonbridge. Pictured: Cyclists out in the snow around Bolton today

Southeastern managed to get a de-icer train to run through to Sevenoaks but warned trains were still likely to be delayed or change routes through Tonbridge. Pictured: Cyclists out in the snow around Bolton today

Meanwhile the bad weather has continued to hit power supplies this morning - 273 homes were blacked out near Penzance. Pictured: People walk through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

Meanwhile the bad weather has continued to hit power supplies this morning - 273 homes were blacked out near Penzance. Pictured: People walk through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

Meanwhile the bad weather has continued to hit power supplies this morning – 273 homes were blacked out near Penzance. Pictured: People walk through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

Around 300 homes were hit by a power cut at Launceston in Cornwall today, and another 300 families were left with no heating or lights near Worcester. Pictured: Snow falls on a house in Bolton today

Around 300 homes were hit by a power cut at Launceston in Cornwall today, and another 300 families were left with no heating or lights near Worcester. Pictured: Snow falls on a house in Bolton today

Around 300 homes were hit by a power cut at Launceston in Cornwall today, and another 300 families were left with no heating or lights near Worcester. Pictured: Snow falls on a house in Bolton today

Police warned roads will be 'treacherous' as snow falls on hidden ice patches. Pictured: A child walks through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

Police warned roads will be 'treacherous' as snow falls on hidden ice patches. Pictured: A child walks through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

Police warned roads will be ‘treacherous’ as snow falls on hidden ice patches. Pictured: A child walks through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, and their mother Alicja, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, and their mother Alicja, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, and their mother Alicja, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight.

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, and their mother Alicja, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight.

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, and their mother Alicja, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight.

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight

Daniel Brym, aged 8, and his sister Emma, aged 4, sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight

While there is disruption on the roads today, some have taken the opportunity to enjoy the snow. Pictured: people sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight.

While there is disruption on the roads today, some have taken the opportunity to enjoy the snow. Pictured: people sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight.

While there is disruption on the roads today, some have taken the opportunity to enjoy the snow. Pictured: people sledging on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool, after snow fell overnight. 

And it was not just children getting out their sledges to enjoy the snow this morning. Two people are seen here sleding in the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

And it was not just children getting out their sledges to enjoy the snow this morning. Two people are seen here sleding in the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

And it was not just children getting out their sledges to enjoy the snow this morning. Two people are seen here sleding in the snow in Keele, Staffordshire

Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater's Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester after snow fell overnight

Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater's Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester after snow fell overnight

Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater’s Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester after snow fell overnight

Teh snow continued to fall in parts of England today. Pictured: Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater's Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester

Teh snow continued to fall in parts of England today. Pictured: Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater's Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester

Teh snow continued to fall in parts of England today. Pictured: Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater’s Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester

Snow covered hills near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire today, as people woke up to a blanket of snow on the December Bank Holiday

Snow covered hills near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire today, as people woke up to a blanket of snow on the December Bank Holiday

Snow covered hills near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire today, as people woke up to a blanket of snow on the December Bank Holiday

A car in snowy conditions on the A303 near Andover in Hampshire today, which has also been hit by snow this morning

A car in snowy conditions on the A303 near Andover in Hampshire today, which has also been hit by snow this morning

A car in snowy conditions on the A303 near Andover in Hampshire today, which has also been hit by snow this morning

A man walks through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire, today after large parts of the country were hit with freezing cold temperatures overnight

A man walks through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire, today after large parts of the country were hit with freezing cold temperatures overnight

A man walks through the snow in Keele, Staffordshire, today after large parts of the country were hit with freezing cold temperatures overnight

There were also problems on the line between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks where ice hit services.

Southeastern managed to get a de-icer train to run through to Sevenoaks but warned trains were still likely to be delayed or change routes through Tonbridge.

At about 8am, there were delays of up to 40 minutes and a warning services were ‘still likely to be altered at short notice’.

Meanwhile the bad weather has continued to hit power supplies this morning – 273 homes were blacked out near Penzance and 300 at Launceston in Cornwall, and another 300 families were left with no heating or lights near Worcester.

Police warned roads will be ‘treacherous’ as snow falls on hidden ice patches.

One Thames Valley Police traffic officer said: ‘It will be like a skidpan and we are braced for lots of accidents. People must slow down and not drive like idiots.’  

The fresh warnings come after Storm Bella ravaged the country with high winds and heavy rain.

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday after Bella battered regions overnight on Boxing Day.

Hikers in snow on Bleaklow Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wet and wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap and icy conditions still to come

Hikers in snow on Bleaklow Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wet and wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap and icy conditions still to come

Hikers in snow on Bleaklow Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wet and wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap and icy conditions still to come

Snow surrounds the Falls of Dochart at Killin in Stirlingshire as cold weather hits Britain this week, with some temperatures hitting -6C

Snow surrounds the Falls of Dochart at Killin in Stirlingshire as cold weather hits Britain this week, with some temperatures hitting -6C

Snow surrounds the Falls of Dochart at Killin in Stirlingshire as cold weather hits Britain this week, with some temperatures hitting -6C

Storm Bella battered parts of the North West and Cumbria this morning with strong winds and heavy snow showers. This comes as forecasters warn of weeks of wintery conditions

Storm Bella battered parts of the North West and Cumbria this morning with strong winds and heavy snow showers. This comes as forecasters warn of weeks of wintery conditions

Storm Bella battered parts of the North West and Cumbria this morning with strong winds and heavy snow showers. This comes as forecasters warn of weeks of wintery conditions

Red deer stand in the snow in Glence, Scotland, after much of the country was blanketed on Sunday in the wake of Storm Bella

Red deer stand in the snow in Glence, Scotland, after much of the country was blanketed on Sunday in the wake of Storm Bella

Red deer stand in the snow in Glence, Scotland, after much of the country was blanketed on Sunday in the wake of Storm Bella

Snow plough spreads grit as it passes through Killin, Stirlingshire, where the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings

Snow plough spreads grit as it passes through Killin, Stirlingshire, where the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings

Snow plough spreads grit as it passes through Killin, Stirlingshire, where the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings

Snow is set to fall in the UK as the Met Office issues warnings across the country hours after Storm Bella hit. Pictured: A snow plough travels along the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland on Sunday

Snow is set to fall in the UK as the Met Office issues warnings across the country hours after Storm Bella hit. Pictured: A snow plough travels along the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland on Sunday

Snow is set to fall in the UK as the Met Office issues warnings across the country hours after Storm Bella hit. Pictured: A snow plough travels along the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland on Sunday

Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and harbour wall on the south coast of England as Storm Bella rages on this morning

Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and harbour wall on the south coast of England as Storm Bella rages on this morning

Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse and harbour wall on the south coast of England as Storm Bella rages on this morning

Fresh snow covered Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe in white, as high winds and rain besieged much of the country with Storm Bella

Fresh snow covered Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe in white, as high winds and rain besieged much of the country with Storm Bella

Fresh snow covered Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe in white, as high winds and rain besieged much of the country with Storm Bella

Pictured: A tree came crashing down on this Rolls-Royce in Hove yesterday as high winds caused havoc across the country

Pictured: A tree came crashing down on this Rolls-Royce in Hove yesterday as high winds caused havoc across the country

Pictured: A tree came crashing down on this Rolls-Royce in Hove yesterday as high winds caused havoc across the country

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday despite Bella brining high winds and heavy rain overnight. Pictured: Red deer enjoying the snow at Glencoe, Scotland

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday despite Bella brining high winds and heavy rain overnight. Pictured: Red deer enjoying the snow at Glencoe, Scotland

Parts of the UK were already blanketed on Sunday despite Bella brining high winds and heavy rain overnight. Pictured: Red deer enjoying the snow at Glencoe, Scotland

Severe flood warning was issued for areas along the River Great Ouse near Bedford by Environment Agency on Christmas Day

Severe flood warning was issued for areas along the River Great Ouse near Bedford by Environment Agency on Christmas Day

Severe flood warning was issued for areas along the River Great Ouse near Bedford by Environment Agency on Christmas Day

The Met Office has issued a snow warnings for parts of Scotland. Pictured: A man clears snow from a driveway in Stirlingshire

The Met Office has issued a snow warnings for parts of Scotland. Pictured: A man clears snow from a driveway in Stirlingshire

The Met Office has issued a snow warnings for parts of Scotland. Pictured: A man clears snow from a driveway in Stirlingshire

In Ballymena, Northern Ireland, a huge snowstorm fell on Sunday evening, lining the streets as many stayed at home

In Ballymena, Northern Ireland, a huge snowstorm fell on Sunday evening, lining the streets as many stayed at home

In Ballymena, Northern Ireland, a huge snowstorm fell on Sunday evening, lining the streets as many stayed at home

In Ballymena, Northern Ireland, a huge snowstorm fell on Sunday evening, lining the streets as many stayed at home

In Ballymena, Northern Ireland, a huge snowstorm fell on Sunday evening, lining the streets as many stayed at home

Glencoe was covered in a thick blanket of snow while much further south people were also out clearing drives in parts of Stirlingshire in the Central Belt on Sunday morning. 

Nenthead in Cumbria was similarly wintry, with snow covering the hills of the village.

Through Sunday evening and into Monday, meteorologists are warning the snow and ice could also pose a risk to more central and southern areas of England. 

Further into the week and towards the New Year conditions will remain cold with sunshine and the possibility of wintry showers, the Met Office said, adding that rail journeys may be affected and roads are likely to be icy.

A cold snap and icy conditions still to come as Britain braces for a cold end to 2020. Pictured: hikers making the most of the stunning views in the Peak District

A cold snap and icy conditions still to come as Britain braces for a cold end to 2020. Pictured: hikers making the most of the stunning views in the Peak District

A cold snap and icy conditions still to come as Britain braces for a cold end to 2020. Pictured: hikers making the most of the stunning views in the Peak District

Severe flooding in Little Paxon, St Neots, in Cambridgeshire where much of the region woke up to flood waters this morning

Severe flooding in Little Paxon, St Neots, in Cambridgeshire where much of the region woke up to flood waters this morning

Severe flooding in Little Paxon, St Neots, in Cambridgeshire where much of the region woke up to flood waters this morning

A motorist stops to take a closer look at the red deer in the snow alongside the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland, on a wintry day across the country

A motorist stops to take a closer look at the red deer in the snow alongside the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland, on a wintry day across the country

A motorist stops to take a closer look at the red deer in the snow alongside the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland, on a wintry day across the country

It warned that ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces within the warning area on Sunday following the heavy rain from Storm Bella, while colder weather in Scotland will turn showers to snow. 

On Monday, as rainfall moves south across England and parts of Wales, the rain may turn to snow, the Met Office said.

It added that there was a likelihood of 1-3cm or even 5-10cm of snowfall in some places. 

While skies are expected to clear overnight on Sunday, the ice is likely to remain. 

Which regions saw the highest wind speeds?

Needles, Isle of Wight: 106mph

Aberdaron, Gwynedd: 83mph

Isle of Portland, Dorset: 79mph

Lake Vyrnwy, Powys: 77mph

Capel Curig, Gwynedd: 76mph

 

Credit: The Met Office 

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The snow came as winds caused by Storm Bella reached more than 100mph overnight, while rain lashed the UK. 

Two threat to life flood warnings remain in place in Northamptonshire after days of wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap with icy and wintry conditions still to come. 

People in areas that have suffered major flooding in recent days are among those who can expect snow, The Sun reported.

The top wind speed was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight where it reached 106mph overnight on Saturday.

Aberdaron in north west Wales experienced gusts of 83mph, and locations on the south coast of England, including Dorset, got close to 80mph.

Elsewhere in the UK, there was severe flooding with fire crews dispatched to rescue those were caught out or left stranded by flood waters.

As well as the stormy conditions, temperatures will stay frosty in some parts into next week, prompting health professionals to offer advice on how to keep safe in colder weather.

Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, consultant in public health at Public Health England said: ‘Heat your home to at least 18C if you can, particularly if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease.’ 

Storm Bella follows relatively calm and cold conditions across the UK on Friday, which saw a white Christmas for some more northerly parts of the country.  

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