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3:07pm 14th October 2013

Cornwall could be facing a winter of snow.

Some forecasters are predicting one of the worst for decades.

They say it could be as bad as December 2010 when a white out cut off villages and shut more than a hundred schools in the Duchy.

Andrew Tretheway has cows at Helland on Bodmin Moor and says conditions can be tough: "We've got to be prepared because of the value of the milk in the tank. A five thousand litre tank has got fifteen hundred pounds worth of milk in it. It's important it's taken away regularly because if they don't collect it after 24 hours it's got to be thrown away and if you haven't got insurance, you have to bear the cost.

The predictions are from Vantage Weather Services and have been reported in the Daily Express.

In its online news blog the Met Office said: "There is absolutely no certainty about what weather the UK will see over the winter period. The science simply does not exist to make detailed, long-term forecasts for temperature and snowfall even for the end of November, let alone for the winter period, which does not officially start until 1 December.

"While we have seen a return to more normal, cooler temperatures for this time of year, this is no indication of what we can expect over the next four months with regards to temperatures and when we might see snow. It is far too early to tell.

"Ultimately, we're heading into winter and it is perfectly possible that we will see the whole range of weather that we get in winter at some point over the coming months, including snow and freezing temperatures, but also heavy rain, windy weather and mild conditions too.

"Our five day forecasts and warnings will provide you with the best possible guidance on any periods of cold weather, frost or the likelihood of snow, giving detailed local information across the UK to help you make the most of the weather over the coming months."

Tourism businesses in the Duchy are worried the predictions will hit business though. Austyn Hallworth who runs West Cornwall Cottage Holidays said: "It's more doom and gloom and I think over the last five years we've experienced enough negativity. What we certainly don't need now is panic that the county's going to be cut off with ten feet snow drifts.

"It just makes life very difficult. What we need is positive news. It's about time that these organisations, particularly the weather organisations, just stop!"

3:07pm 14th October 2013

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