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Coldest night of winter expected as temperatures plunge

A man gritting a snow covered road near Ripponden in West Yorkshire on Saturday. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Forecasters have warned of severe cold weather in parts of the country, with temperatures in some areas expected to fall as low as -15C tonight and early tomorrow.

The lowest temperatures are set to occur in Scotland, with lying snow, clear conditions and light winds contributing in southern, western and Highlands areas.

Sections of Northern Ireland are also expected to see temperatures fall as low as 7C-9C

The Met Office also predicted widespread frost and patches of freezing fog across much of the UK, with drives in particular warned to take extra care in icy conditions.


Severe cold weather warning amid sub zero temperatures

The Met Office has warned of the impact of severe cold weather as temperatures fall before freezing across large parts of the UK.

Forecasters said the severe cold weather and icy conditions could increase health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt services.

Snow ploughs have been clearing major roads in Cumbria after heavy snowfall. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Others have taken it upon themselves to clear the way. This man gritted a snow covered road near Ripponden in West Yorkshire. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
A sheep stands in a snow covered field near Reeth in North Yorkshire. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Pictures: parts of Wales wake up to more snow

Parts of Mid Wales and the South Wales Valleys woke up to more snow and icy conditions today, after another night of wintry weather.

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Campers woke up to a snow scene in Llandovery Credit: Mike Howell
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Around an inch and a half of snow fell overnight in Trefechan near Merthyr Tydfil Credit: Hannah Thomas
Snow can be sign on the mountains from this house in Ynyshir Credit: @jays_golf


Pictures: Heavy snow causing travel problems in Scotland

Heavy snow has caused has caused travel disruption on many routes across parts of Scotland.

Glasgow Airport warned of delays, while 26 gritters are worked through the night to keep major routes open.

Red Cross provide hot food to Scottish homes without power

Energy companies and volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing vulnerable customers who have been without power for four days hot food and drinks.

Scottish and Southern Energy has been working with volunteers from the Red Cross to reach vulnerable customers, providing them with hot food and drinks.

Anne Eadie, co-ordinating the Red Cross emergency response, said:

Every one of our volunteers in Northern Scotland was ready to do whatever was needed to help make things easier for as many people as possible. Our biggest priority was to make sure that people identified as vulnerable - because of age, infirmity or some degree of disability - were able to withstand this crisis safely.

In some areas, water supplies were also knocked out because there was no power for the pumps which deliver it to more remote areas. Scottish Water provided supplies of bottled water, which our volunteers helped deliver.

Our response will wind down as more households are reconnected to the grid but until supplies are back to normal, our teams will continue to provide whatever help is needed.

– Red Cross emergency response co-ordinator

Thousands still lack power supply after gales

A lorry lies on its side after being blown over in strong winds on the Clackmannanshire Bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Thousands of people are starting a fourth day without electricity as further high winds, heavy rain and snow are set to bring continued disruption to Britain's transport and power networks.

More than 100,000 homes lost power at the height of the problems and engineers worked through "treacherous" conditions to try to reconnect customers in the north of Scotland.

Some homes around Inverness, Dingwall, Wick and the Western Isles have been without power since Friday. All schools in the Western Isles are closed today to pupils, the council has said.

12,700 homes remain without power in Scotland

More than 12,000 homes are still without power in north and west Scotland after strong winds and rain battered the area.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution said the electricity supply should be restored to the 12,700 customers by midnight.

Electricity has now been restored to just short of 100,000 customers since Friday, a spokesman said.

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