UK weather: Brits wake to snow as Arctic blast brings -10C New Year deep freeze amid ice and flood warnings

BRITS woke up to arctic conditions this morning as snow and ice brought a -10C deep freeze across swathes of the country.

Pictures taken overnight and this morning in Horwich, Greater Manchester, show houses, cars and streets blanketed in sheets of snow.

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Horwich in Manchester was blanketed in snow overnight on Thursday[/caption]

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Snow covers cars as an arctic blast blew over Britain during the early hours[/caption]

Snow is forecast for the New Year across the UK
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The Met Office ‘4cast’ shows rains, ice and plummeting temperatures during the last day of 2020[/caption]

Forecasters are predicting more bitter and wintry conditions are likely to follow throughout the New Year’s Eve and into the weekend.

Weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued for large parts of northern England and Scotland until 2pm, amid fears cold temperatures and snow could cause travel disruption and power cuts on New Year’s Eve.

A further warning for ice in southern England is also in force until 11am, while experts have warned surfaces will freeze over quickly following downpours of rain.

Snow was originally forecast to hit London, but now ice is predicted to cause problems to road and rail services ahead of the biggest night of the year.

Meanwhile, areas in northern England could see 8mm of rain an hour, while forecasters also predicted between 0.8inches (2cm) and and 2 inches (5cm) of snow.

And higher areas braced for up to 6 inches of the white stuff.

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Warnings for snow and ice are in place for large swathes of the UK[/caption]

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Snow ploughs clear the way in parts of northern England on New Year’s Eve morning[/caption]

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The AA is warning drivers to take care and stay prepared during icey conditions[/caption]

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Met Office projections show a bitterly cold and freezing start to the day[/caption]

Temperatures could plunge below -5C in the glens of Scotland overnight, with rain, sleet and snow flurries making their way south throughout the day.

And although tiered restrictions thanks to Covid-19 are in force throughout England, the AA warned motorists to take extra care as the bitter and icey conditions are forecast to continue into New Year’s Day.

AA spokesman Ben Sheridan said: “It’s important to fully de-ice the car, remove snow from the roof and ensure all the lights are working so you can see and be seen before setting off.”

‘Check the conditions along your route before you go and make sure you have plenty of fuel in case of delays.

“It’s also worth carrying winter essentials such as warm, waterproof layers, a shovel, a torch, fully charged mobile phone and a flask of hot drink,” he added.

Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said: “New Year’s Eve will bear with it again the risk of rain, sleet and snow, another feature sliding down the country from northern Scotland.

“Particularly inland and over the hills we will see some snow.

“Many of us will see some brighter weather, with still a keen breeze keeping things very cold indeed, and again the risk of ice as we head into New Year’s Day, with again a wintry mix coming and going, and a fairly widespread frost.”

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