Big freeze could last through week

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Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Freezing temperatures could prevail until later in the week, following the coldest night of winter so far.

Temperatures fell as low as minus 11C overnight and into the morning in parts of inland Scotland and forecasters have warned there will be no respite from the plummeting mercury.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning – the second highest – for icy conditions across most of England, including the North, Midlands and East Anglia, until midday on Thursday.

An alert on its website said: ” Large areas of England will experience colder than average conditions in the coming week, with widespread overnight frosts. Some wintry precipitation is expected for most areas too, mostly in the form of scattered showers, leading to lying snow and icy stretches.”

The coldest temperature measured at 11.2C at Loch Glascarnoch, in Scotland, beating the previous record low this winter of minus 9C, set on December 27, in Cromdale, Moray.

Tom Tobler, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, warned of a weather front which could herald snow tomorrow or Wednesday.

He said: “It’s going to be very cold again tonight, certainly below zero pretty much everywhere. Temperatures could be minus 3C or 4C in England and Wales and in Scotland we could see minus 10C.

“There’s a front coming through Tuesday and Wednesday which might bring some snow, mostly in northern parts of the country. Parts of England could get snow but it won’t be huge amounts.”

Icy conditions on the A24 in West Sussex saw the road closed for more than an hour this morning after a van overturned and seven vehicles slid off the road.

Sussex Police attended the northbound carriageway after a van left the road between Ashington and Washington.

Two men, aged 25 and 29, suffered arm and facial injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance, police said.

Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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