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Britain set for -12C temperatures as snow hits across country

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Temperatures could drop as low as -12C (10.4F) in parts of Britain overnight amid warnings of snow and ice.

Sky weather producer Joanna Robinson said: “Britain can expect a widespread frost tonight, locally severe where there is lying snow.

“Towns and cities will see temperatures falling to between -1C (30F) and -3C (26F), with rural areas seeing lower values.

“Snow covered areas of northern Scotland could see -12C (10.4F).

Snow in Newcastle at the Falcons rugby ground. Pic: Newcastle Falcons
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Snow in Newcastle at the Falcons rugby ground. Pic: Newcastle Falcons

“That would make it the coldest night of the year so far, beating the -10.5C (13F) seen at Braemar in Scotland on Thursday 3 January.

“Northern Ireland and the extreme South West of Britain should see temperatures holding up just above freezing as a band of rain, sleet and snow moves in.

“Friday night will see frosty conditions becoming mainly confined to the north of Britain.”

A morning snowfall in Clowne, Derbyshire. Pic: Massimo Sanchez
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A morning snowfall in Clowne, Derbyshire. Pic: Massimo Sanchez

It comes as many regions woke up to a flurry of snow, settling in places like Northern Ireland, Derbyshire and Coventry.

Yellow Met Office warnings for snow and ice are in place for much of eastern England as far south as East Anglia.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Be aware that there’s the potential for some icy conditions out on the roads.

“Make sure you give yourself a bit of extra time – you will probably need a little longer to scrape the car as well.”

Snowfall in Coventry. Pic: Gordon Coyle
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Snowfall in Coventry. Pic: Gordon Coyle

The organisation has advised people to be aware of icy patches which may present a slip hazard. It warns that trains may be delayed and there could be problems on the road.

A warning for the Highlands said: “Several centimetres of snow are expected over the Highlands and Grampians whilst at low levels snow cover will be smaller and patchier in nature with some places, especially coastal areas, seeing little lying snow.”

A deer in Windsor Great Park after a brief snow flurry
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A deer in Windsor Great Park after a brief snow flurry

The warnings are in place from 10am on Thursday until 10am on Friday.

Those in the East Midlands, the North East and Yorkshire can expect: “Occasional showers of sleet and snow will affect some eastern parts of England during Thursday, leading to a temporary covering of 1-3 cm of snow in places. Showers will become restricted to immediate coastal districts by evening, before dying out. Icy patches will then form on untreated surfaces.”

As the temperatures drop, Public Health England (PHE) issued advice on how to cope with the cold weather, including keeping your home heated to 18C and keeping an eye on friends or neighbours who may be elderly or have health conditions.

Emer O’Connell, from PHE, said: “Every year millions of pounds are handed out by the Government to people who need support with keeping their home warm.

“But there is still more which goes unclaimed. Remember that you don’t have to be on other benefits to be eligible for some of these funds – if you are struggling to pay your heating bills, you may be entitled to help.”

Rain soon turned to snow in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Pic: Dr Timothy Cross
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Rain soon turned to snow in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Pic: Dr Timothy Cross

He added: “It’s also really important to look out for others. People with heart and lung conditions, those who are over 65 and young children are at risk in cold weather. Those with conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s are also at risk as they may be less aware that they need to change their behaviour to stay warm.

“Pop in, see if they could do with a hand and see if there’s anything you could do to help. Cold weather can also mean that some people are isolated so it may be that a chat and a friendly face is all they need.”

Temperatures dropped below freezing overnight on Wednesday, with a low of -3.4C (26F) recorded in Great Dun Fell in Cumbria.

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