10 December 2010 - Met Office forecasters predict a respite from the very low temperatures over the weekend, although there remains the risk of ice in places.
Daytime temperatures are expected to reach highs of 8 °C in some locations, allowing a slow thaw of lying snow. However, overnight temperatures could dip close to freezing, allowing black ice to form.
Met Office Chief Forecaster, Bob Wilderspin said: "Although much of the weekend will see a slight lift in temperatures, colder weather is expected to return next week. Northerly winds are predicted to bring a return to cold days and significant overnight frosts."