Snow Snow And More Snow
Up to six inches of snow fell across Britain yesterday and the mercury hovered below freezing overnight with chilly winds making it feel close to -10C (14F).
Although the cold will hang around all week, Britain faces another bout of milder stormier weather next week.
Milder air is then expected to flood across the country by Sunday, heralding a return to unsettled conditions as we go into next week.
Temperatures dropped to -13.7C (7F) on Monday night at Loch Galscarnoch, Scotland, lower than Moscow and making it the coldest of winter so far.
The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for snow and ice a level-3 health alert is in place until Thursday.
Drivers have been warned to take extra care as plunging temperatures turn roads into lethal ice rinks.
Experts say overnight temperatures falling below -10C (14F) in parts of the UK will render grit on the roads useless.
The AA has reported thousands of breakdowns in icy conditions with around 2000 calls from stranded motorists coming in every hour.
Darron Burness, head of the AA's severe weather team, said: "Even the most experienced drivers can be caught out in these icy conditions.
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