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Met Office: Ice follows the snow

News   •   Jan 07, 2010 11:03 GMT

The heavy snow that affected parts of the country overnight as forecast will slowly die out, with severe frost and ice becoming the main hazards for most areas.

Bob Wilderspin, Met Office Chief Forecaster says: "5 to 10 cm of fresh snow will fall across north-east Scotland and north-east England, and also from the Midlands southwards, including south-east Wales today. Tonight will be mostly dry, however lows of minus 8 Celsius will lead to very icy conditions in all parts."

Our forecasters and advisors are working closely with local authorities, Government and road agencies to ensure the country is prepared for the effects of the freezing weather.

The road agencies and councils are working flat out to keep the roads open and safe to use. However, it is very important to drive carefully and appropriately to the conditions, and even when roads are treated and appear ice- and snow-free they should be negotiated with care.

The freezing conditions are forecast to continue until the middle of the month with further snowfall expected, especially in the south and east.

For the latest forecasts and warnings go to:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_warnings.html

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