Snowstorm to sweep across UK in fresh polar blast after ice causes disruption

Temperatures are to stay low and blankets of snow are going to be dumped across the UK according to new winter weather forecasts.

Two Met Office ice warnings remained in place overnight for parts of England, Scotland and Wales after plummeting temperatures made roads treacherous for motorists and pedestrians on Friday.

Heavy snow also saw schools shut across the north of England and Scotland, with more snow now expected further on the horizon.

Data from independent weather forecaster WXCharts shows heavy snowfall of up to 1cm per hour for Friday 21 January in several different parts of the UK, with areas as far as the Scottish border and East Anglia likely to be affected.

In the meantime we can look forward to a mixed second week of 2022, with the Met Office outlook from next Monday to Wednesday reading:

"Early frost and fog patches likely on Monday, otherwise dry and bright. Cloudier on Tuesday, with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. Becoming drier, but staying rather cloudy on Wednesday."

Today (Saturday 8) will meanwhile see locally heavy rain move eastwards across much of the UK, with some winds and gusts expected.

A maximum temperature of 10C is on the cards according to the Met Office, marking a considerable improvement from freezing temperatures on Friday.

A leading bookmaker has now made this calendar month 'odds-on' at 4-5 to be the coldest January ever recorded in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "The mild festive period seems a distant memory already with cold weather gripping the UK, so much so that we now make this January odds on to enter the record books as the coldest first month of the year that we have ever had".

Flood alerts have also been issued for 10 areas in the southwest England this weekend, with those in affected areas advised to look at the Environment Agency site for the latest information.

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