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Temperatures plummet to lowest of the year

Last night temperatures across the UK fell to the lowest of the year with the mercury plunging as low as -8.7 (16.3F) in places such as Katesbridge, Co Down.

Walkers in snow in Granby, Vale of Belvoir, Nottinghamshire Credit: Neil Squires/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A weather warning for ice is in place today, including in the east Midlands, as freezing temperatures and offshore rain showers increase the risk of slippy surfaces.

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Temperatures expected to plunge across parts of UK

Temperatures are expected to drop over the next three days. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

Temperatures are expected to plunge over the next three days as 2014 gets set to end on a cold note.

Temperatures are expected to drop to a low of -10C (14F) overnight - the coldest it has been all year - 48 hours after snowfall affected travellers in parts of northern England, Scotland and the Midlands.

Last night was very cold, but it didn't quite break the record due to some cloud cover. We had lows of -7C (19.4F) in parts of Northern Ireland, which was about as cold as it got. But we are expecting -10C potentially tonight in northern Scotland or Northern Ireland."

– Simon Partridge, Met Office Forecaster

Bookmakers have installed odds of 5/1 that snow will fall in London on New Year's Day, with odds of 9/4 and 3/1 for Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively.

Record-breaking cold snap could cause further travel woes

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Temperatures are set to plunge to -10C overnight as more harsh weather is expected across the UK today.

Rain showers are due this morning which will clear much of the snow away but motorists should be wary of icy patches.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "We will still have showers, which is likely to mean the snow will not settle.

"But it is going to be very cold indeed, as low as 4 or 5C in the south and 2C in the north."

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Rescue teams aid recovery work after heavy snow

The AA's rescue team is out helping recovery work in Sheffield and Derbyshire following heavy Boxing Day snow.

Many abandoned cars were left in Sheffield overnight due to the heavy snowfall, while icy conditions are expected to make driving conditions difficult today.

Severe ice warnings issued as temperatures drop

The map on the left shows the ice warning in place for the whole of the UK. Credit: Met Office

A yellow severe weather warning for ice has been issued as cold winds hi the UK.

The Met Office warned of widespread icy patches and warned the public to take "extra care", while warning of the possibility of some disruption to travel.

The warning is expected to hold from 4pm this afternoon to midday on Sunday, as temperatures fall below freezing when in darkness.

Warnings are also in place for further snow and wind - with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour expected quite widely early on Saturday.

Drivers battle against conditions as snow hits UK

Drivers battled against the wintry conditions in Nottingham last night as heavy snow swept across parts of the UK.

Drivers push stranded cars on a steep hill in Nottingham on Boxing Day night. Credit: SWNS
Wild and wintry weather has hit parts of the UK, causing travel disruption. Credit: SWNS
Many motorists abandoned their vehicles as snow swept across the country. Credit: SWNS
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