UK weather: Met Office issues 20-hour ice warnings with Beast from the East incoming

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The Met Office has issued ice warnings lasting 20 hours for parts of the UK as the threat of the Beast from the East looms.

Forecasters have said icy stretches will form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

They warn of a higher likelihood of accidents and injuries due to icy surfaces.

The ice warning covers northern parts of England and Scotland and lasts from 3pm until 11am tomorrow.

A plume of freezing cold air will see temperatures drop to -2C overnight in parts of Britain amid outbreaks of more snow and heavy rain.

Plenty of moisture and cloud is set to continue moving through the country on Monday, with rain heaviest over western hills and combining with cold air for snow in northern Scotland.

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The Met Office site says: "Rain and snow will clear southwards later Monday and overnight into Tuesday, with a rapid freeze following.

"Some hilly areas will see a further cover of 1-3 cm snow beforehand.

"Ice will become widespread over northern Scotland from around dusk, much of the rest of Scotland by late evening or the early hours, and across northern England later in the night."

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UK 5 day weather forecast Today:

Rather cloudy with only brief bright intervals in the south and east, whilst some rain or showers affect the west. Rain will be persistent in the north-west, turning to snow over northern Scotland. Windy and generally milder than of late.

Tonight:

Cloudy with occasional rain, heavy in places, clearing away south from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England, where clearing skies will allow frost and ice. Wintry showers far north-east.

Weather warning for January 12

Tuesday:

Rain becoming confined to parts of southern and south-west England, Wales and returning east across Northern Ireland. Dry and sunny elsewhere, a few wintry showers far north and east.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Rain spreading northeast on Wednesday turning to snow over northern hills. Turning drier from the west later in the week. Milder midweek in the southwest, otherwise temperatures below average.

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