9 December 2010 - Met Office forecasters continue to predict widespread ice, even though there is expected to be a slight lifting of temperatures over the next couple of days.
As less cold air crosses the country during today and into Friday, rain or drizzle may fall on frozen surfaces leading to widespread black ice in some parts of the UK.
On Friday and Saturday, 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, Bob Wilderspin said: "Although we'll see a brief respite from the very low temperatures, there could still be black ice in some parts of the country tonight. During next week, north easterly winds are expected to bring a return to the cold conditions and the chance of some snow flurries in parts of the east from Monday."
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