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'Ice rink' road warning as snow falls and temperatures plummet
The Met Office has released a week-long ice warning as the UK's roads get icier, prompting some motorists to describe them as driving on an 'ice rink'.
Temperatures are expected to drop even further during the week with some parts of the country already experiencing sub-zero chills. Northern England and Scotland will experience temperatures as low as -6C - bad news for the region's motorists and car insurance policy holders.
On Friday, 6 centimetres of snow was measured in Glasgow, 4 centimetres in parts of Northern Ireland and 2 centimetres in High Wycombe.
Met Office forecaster Sarah Holland told the Metro on Friday that the weekend would have given "the coldest temperatures so far this winter."
"There's an icy spell nationwide through a very cold weekend. If people are heading out they need to be aware of possible ice and take extra care."
The high street is bracing itself for slow trading this week as people stay at home and resort to internet shopping as the weather worsens outside. In areas of the UK where the weather has been particularly bad, people are only taking to the roads where absolutely necessary.
The Highways agency has reissued guidelines on driving in icy conditions, recommending road users pack food, water and a shovel in case of becoming stranded. Dangerous black ice should also be watched for when driving over the coming week or so.
The current weather has also led bookmakers to cut down the odds of a white Christmas, with almost even money being offered for snow on Christmas Day.