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Freezing Temperatures and Snowfall Is Forecast for U.K. Tonight

December 05, 2012

Tonight is likely to be the coldest night so far this winter in parts of the U.K., with much of the country facing a risk of ice or frost, the Met Office said.

Temperatures may drop as low as minus 8 degrees Celsius (18 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of Scotland, and most of the country will experience rain, sleet or snow through tomorrow morning, the country’s national weather service said today in an online statement. Areas of western Scotland may receive as much as 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) of snow.

“With temperatures falling below freezing, lying snow and the formation of ice will lead to some treacherous conditions and disruption to travel,” Martin Young, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said in the statement.

Snow may accumulate in the Pennines and the Lake District in northern England and temporary snow cover is expected as far south as Lincolnshire. Sleet and snow may turn to rain tomorrow, while southeastern areas of the country may experience snowfall on Dec. 7, the Met Office said.

The weekend will be drier, with temperatures remaining “very cold and frosty,” according to the report.

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