Widespread ice poses hazard for the weekend

3 December 2010

Snow is forecast to affect parts of the UK The Met Office is warning that widespread ice is likely across many parts of the UK through the weekend, resulting in dangerous conditions on roads and pavements.

During Friday and Saturday, a wintry mix of rain and sleet is expected to cross the country from the west, with the chance of further snow for a time almost anywhere. This rain, sleet or snow is likely to fall on to frozen surfaces causing widespread ice to form, especially in Northern Ireland, Wales, and many parts of central and southern Britain. The risk of widespread ice persists throughout the weekend and into the coming week.

Met Office Chief Forecaster, Steve Willington said: "The UK is experiencing some exceptionally cold conditions at the moment, breaking local minimum temperatures records across the country last night. The mix of freezing temperatures, rain and sleet brings a significant risk of ice on roads and pavements leading to dangerous conditions out and about."

The Met Office works closely with others to help alert vulnerable people to the risks of the cold. Director at Age UK, Michelle Mitchell said: "Older people are much more susceptible to injury if they fall, and in icy weather it's important to be really careful and assess whether you really need to make a journey. We'd also encourage people to check on their older neighbours."

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Notes to Editors

Table of locations where overnight temperatures broke local records last night:

Overnight Records 2/3 DecemberPrevious record
TemperatureLocationTemperatureDate
-17.9 °CLEEMING-15.0 °C07/01/1970
-17.3 °CLINTON ON OUSE-14.2 °C14/02/1991
-17.5 °CCHURCH FENTON-15.2 °C14/02/1991
-10.4 °CINVERBERVIE NO.2-8.1 °C29/12/1995
-12.8 °CSPADEADAM-12.7 °C04/03/2001
-12.6 °CDISHFORTH AIRFIELD-10.0 °C21/12/1963
-11.7 °CYEOVILTON-10.0 °C29/12/1964
-7.8 °CSHOEBURYNESS-5.8 °C15/12/1991
-6.0 °CST BEES HEAD NO.2-5.8 °C28/12/1995
-7.5 °CHERSTMONCEUX-5.3 °C31/12/1996
-9.1 °CKENLEY AIRFIELD -6.5 °C20/12/1999
-5.2 °CLANGDON BAY-4.5 °C20/12/1999
-6.0 °CSOLENT -5.0 °C20/12/1999
-14.7 °CSHAP-11.4 °C31/12/2003
-5.3 °CCARDINHAM, BODMIN-4.5 °C28/12/2005

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