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UK weather: Freezing temperatures are not over yet as experts predict MORE snow for Britain

Mirror logo Mirror 13/12/2017 Liz Dunphy
a group of people riding on the back of a horse in the snow: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images Europe

You may have thought that it could not get any colder but the Arctic snap is not over yet as experts predict more snow for Britain.

Snow is forecast to hit high ground in Scotland on Wednesday and temperatures tomorrow are to plummet to as low as 1c in parts of the country.

a man that is standing in the snow: Credits: AFP © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: AFP Freezing temperatures and treacherous roads have already closed thousands of schools across the country and the north looks set to experience more extremely cold weather this week.

Last night many parts of Britain experienced the coldest night of the year with temperatures plummeting lower than those in Moscow and with a low of -13C (8.6F) recorded in Shropshire.

a group of people on a beach: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images Europe Forecasters have warned of another cold night to come, and an ice warning has been issued for Wednesday morning.

Motorists are being warned to take care on the roads as snow and residual moisture can turn into ice overnight as temperatures drop.

a snow covered field: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice effective until 11am on Wednesday across most parts of the UK excluding the south.

Unsettled, wet weather is expected for much of the day on Wednesday, with heavy rain at times, especially during the afternoon and evening and temperatures will reach as low as 1C in parts of the country.

a car covered in snow: Credits: Evening Gazette © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Evening Gazette Expect grey skies and frequent rain on Wednesday, and although showers will be light at first they are set to grow heavier and more persistent during the afternoon and evening.

But despite the wintry outlook, Wednesday is set to be milder in some parts and welcome sunshine may even break through across central England and Wales in the afternoon.

Credits: Andrew James © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Andrew James But by Wednesday night, widespread showers may turn to snow in some parts and breezy winds are expected for the southern half of the UK.

Patchy cloud, heavy rain and showers are due across the west on Thursday with a brisk south-westerly wind due to hit western and southern areas.

a man in a boat on a body of water: Credits: AFP © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: AFP More snow is due for Scotland on Friday, while rain is expected across the UK, with northern and western areas looking particularly wet with heavy showers and a brisk northerly wind.

Across eastern Ireland, it looks set to be overcast with cloudy skies and also light showers, wintry during the afternoon with a brisk westerly wind.

a car parked in front of a house covered in snow: Credits: Birmingham Mail © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Birmingham Mail Western Ireland, will be mostly cloudy and grey with wintry, heavy shower with a gale force north-westerly wind and max temperatures of 4-7C (39-45F).

And as temperatures stay low, Britain's biggest pipeline from its North Sea oil and gas fields is likely to be shut for several weeks for repairs, its operator said on Tuesday, disrupting gas flows and sending international crude prices to their highest since mid-2015.

Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images Europe The closure has struck during the winter freeze, where snow and ice have driven up demand for heating fuel just as gas flows through the network, which carries a third of Britain's gas produced offshore, were disrupted.

The pipeline, which carries about 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Forties crude, was shut after cracks were found.

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