UK weather forecast: Snow, ice and rain warnings as sub zero freeze continues

Snow scenes in Bretton in the peak district, Derbyshire (Image: Villager Jim / SWNS.com)

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The UK continues to freeze with a sub zero chill across large parts of the country and warnings for snow, ice and heavy rain.

Brits woke up on Sunday to teeth-rattling temperatures as low as -3C in parts of the south and south west England.

The Mercury isn't expected to get much higher than that, only hitting highs of 8C in the far north of Scotland.

Freezing fog is expected to linger in southern parts through Sunday, though it will largely remain dry.

Met Office warnings for ice remain in place for the North of England and Scotland, with the latter also seeing warnings for snow and heavy rain.

Ice and snow warnings are in place for northern parts of the UK on Sunday

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People in areas with frost and ice were warned of injuries from slips and falls on hazardous surfaces, dangerous driving conditions and delays to public transport.

From 6pm on Sunday a warning for rain covers north-western Scotland until 6pm on Monday, while a snow warning for the Orkney and Shetland isles is in place from 6am on Sunday until 9am on Monday.

Ice conditions have led to warnings for drivers to take care in the wintry weather.

Scotland has seen snow in the last few days, with skiers here taking advantage
(Image: PA)

Derbyshire and parts of the north of England have also become winter wonderlands
(Image: PA)

Ben Aldous, of the RAC, said: "Fog, ice and in some places snow are the enemies of drivers.

"In order to avoid falling foul of the conditions it's important for motorists to adjust their driving style to suit the conditions.

"Being gentler on the throttle and brakes, and slowing down particularly on rural or ungritted routes can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey."

He also urged drivers to check their tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated and that windscreens are "completely cleared of ice and snow".

The RAC has warned of dangerous driving conditions in parts of the country hit by ice warnings
(Image: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

Sunday's freeze follows some of the coldest temperatures of the winter so far on Friday, going into Saturday morning.

Overnight temperatures at Redesdale Camp in Northumberland plunged to minus 11.1C, while Northern Ireland also recorded its coldest night, with a temperature of minus 10.2C  in Katesbridge, Co Down.

The bone-chilling weather is set to improve though as January continues, according to the latest Met Office forecast.

Temperatures are set to get marginally warmer next week, with highs of 10C by Wednesday.

The weather forecast for Sunday, January 10 is a mixed bag

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK Today:

Freezing fog and low cloud may be slow to clear from southern areas, elsewhere variable cloud and some sunshine in central and southern areas. Cloudier further north with some rain, mainly in the north-west, with snow showers for Shetland.

Tonight:

Some frost and fog in south, but less than recent nights, elsewhere rather cloudy with scattered showers in west and more persistent rain in the north-west. Frost in far north.

Monday:

Rain, some heavy, moving south, turning to snow across some northern and later central parts of Scotland. Wintry showers in the far north. Milder in south.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Dry for many on Tuesday before rain spreads across all parts Wednesday, perhaps briefly some snow on northern hills. Becoming mainly dry on Thursday. Milder.

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