Black ice threat to Britain as freezing rain sweeps in today

Mail Online | 1/25/2019 | Mark Duell for MailOnline
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Temperatures dropped to -9C (16F) this morning as the cold snap brought further hazardous conditions to Britain including black ice and freezing rain.

London, Birmingham and Manchester woke up to lows of -5C (23F) today following what was the coldest night of the year in the capital, while the lowest UK temperature overnight was -9.0C (15.8F) in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

Met - Office - Ice - Place - North

A Met Office ice warning remained in place for all of the North of England and down across to East Anglia until lunchtime, alerting drivers and pedestrians to slippery surfaces, amid concern over more snow on higher ground.

Forecasters also warned that freezing rain would fall over parts of London, the East Midlands and South East this morning, with a risk of ice presented where showers made up of rain, sleet and snow fall onto frozen surfaces.

Becky - Mitchell - Met - Office - Meteorologist

Becky Mitchell, a Met Office meteorologist, warned that showers in predominately eastern parts of the country, as well as freezing rain in the south east, could bring treacherous travel conditions throughout today.

Discussing the impact that the ice could have, Ms Mitchell said: 'In these sorts of conditions, ice is normally going to form on any unattended roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Motorists - Pedestrians - Cyclists - Care - Morning

'We'd advise motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care for much of the morning and the day.'

She added that the potential for freezing rain in the South East - including in north and east Greater London areas - could bring 'instant ice', creating hazardous travel conditions.

Wintry - Showers - Sleet - Hail - Parts

Wintry showers, including sleet and hail, are also expected in eastern parts, but Ms Mitchell said that milder temperatures are likely to arrive later today.

Forecasters also warned that freezing rain would fall over parts of London, the East Midlands and South East this morning, with a risk of ice presented where showers made up of rain, sleet and snow...
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