More ice but brief respite this weekend

Cold winter weather can affect driving conditions

8 December 2010 - Our forecasters are predicting the risk of widespread ice over the next couple of days but with prospects for less cold conditions over the weekend.

As less cold air crosses the country overnight and into Thursday, rain or drizzle may fall on frozen surfaces leading to widespread black ice in some parts of the UK.

During Friday and through the weekend, daytime temperatures are expected to reach highs of 8 °C in some places, which will allow a slow thaw of lying snow. However, the cold conditions are expected to return through the new working week.

Met Office Chief Forecaster, Andy Page said: "The UK is not out of the woods as far as the cold weather is concerned. There is a risk of widespread icy conditions tonight and tomorrow, especially across northern parts of the British Isles. Although there is a brief recovery of temperatures over the coming days, cold north easterly winds are expected to bring a return to the cold conditions next week with the risk of snow, especially in the north and east."

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Last updated: 21 April 2011