More misery as big freeze continues

News Shopper: More misery as big freeze continues More misery as big freeze continues

THE big freeze shows little sign of relenting with sub-zero temperatures set to bring more misery in the coming days.

Across the News Shopper area temperatures will hover around the 1C mark and then plummet to around -3C when the sun sets today.

Throughout the week it is expected temperatures will struggle to reach 4C.

Motorists taking to the roads have been warned to expect hazardous driving conditions again with ice and freezing fog forecast across parts of the UK.

Experts are predicting a temperature low of -10C at night for some areas as the shivering spell of weather continues to sweep in from Siberia.

Victoria Kettley, forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather arm of the Press Association, said: "Tonight is going to be mostly clear and dry but bitterly, bitterly cold.

“Across much of England and Wales we will see temperatures dropping to between -4C and -8C and in local spots it could get as low as -10C overnight."

A severe weather alert is still in place warning of ice on untreated roads and pavements and the Met Office says the public should be aware of "risk of disruption to travel".

Ms Kettley added: "The snow which fell over the weekend is slowly melting and keeping the roads wet.

“This moisture then turns to ice when the temperature drops causing dangerous conditions on untreated routes."

Overnight temperatures dipped to around -6C in Scotland and northern England and between 0C and -1C in southern England, with pockets of freezing fog developing in some low-lying areas.

The RAC said it had seen the busiest February weekend in its history, with 41 per cent more calls than usual.

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11:20am Tue 7 Feb 12

joncook says...

Slightly over dramatic I think! All the snow has melted and being outside with a light coat on in sufficient enough. We are hardly in the middle of an ice age!!
Slightly over dramatic I think! All the snow has melted and being outside with a light coat on in sufficient enough. We are hardly in the middle of an ice age!! joncook

12:22pm Tue 7 Feb 12

reptiles says...

severe weather alert is still in place warning of ice on untreated roads and pavements and the Met Office says the public should be aware of "risk of disruption to travel".
Maybe the council should TREAT all side/back roads to make it safe for especially the elderly to be able to get out of their homes to go shopping etc. Why is it the council NEVER bother to salt/grit side roads - where people live. Main roads have traffic constantly which helps the ice/snow melt- side roads are far more dangerous to residents as well as refuse collectors and delivery's.
I remember last yr we had no refuse collection - why? because in their words the side roads were far to dangerous for them to get down! So residents got left with rubbish/recycling until roads were safe enough for those trucks to go down. Some backroads are like Ice rinks! Bexley council THINK OF Residents and how we suffer when the snow/ice comes
severe weather alert is still in place warning of ice on untreated roads and pavements and the Met Office says the public should be aware of "risk of disruption to travel". Maybe the council should TREAT all side/back roads to make it safe for especially the elderly to be able to get out of their homes to go shopping etc. Why is it the council NEVER bother to salt/grit side roads - where people live. Main roads have traffic constantly which helps the ice/snow melt- side roads are far more dangerous to residents as well as refuse collectors and delivery's. I remember last yr we had no refuse collection - why? because in their words the side roads were far to dangerous for them to get down! So residents got left with rubbish/recycling until roads were safe enough for those trucks to go down. Some backroads are like Ice rinks! Bexley council THINK OF Residents and how we suffer when the snow/ice comes reptiles

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