BRITAIN is facing the most savage winter in more than 50 years with months of heavy snowfall and bitter Arctic winds set to bring the country to a total standstill.

Sub-zero temperatures and violent snow storms could hit as soon as late October as a freak ocean cooling in the Atlantic threatens to trigger a historic, nationwide whiteout.

Emergency services have been warned to prepare for a repeat of the devastating 1962/63 winter which saw rivers and lakes freeze over across Britain.

The shock warnings have also sparked fears Britain could face fuel and food shortages as roads and transport networks grind to a halt.

Meteorologists and oceanographers warn plunging ocean temperatures in the Atlantic are at the root of the crisis.

Temperatures in the Gulf Stream – the warm ocean current which runs up the east coast of America – have plummeted over the past year.

The stream merges into the North Atlantic Drift which normally pushes warm water towards the west coast of the United Kingdom.

However a drastic reduction in speed and temperature of the current has left Britain without any buffer to a bitter Arctic influx.

Experts fear a repeat of the worst winter in history which saw temperatures plunge to near -20C in January 1963 causing the sea to freeze off the Kent coast.

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