Bitter weather continues as Britain freezes through coldest night of the year

Bitter weather continues as Britain weathers coldest night of the year

Temperatures dropped below freezing overnight

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Britain weathered the coldest night of the year as numerous areas in the country fell below freezing.

Clear skies overnight resulted in a major temperature drop to below -12.4C (9.6F), with a new low recorded in Shawbury in Shropshire.

Large areas of the country – including London, the Midlands, Northern Ireland and Wales – are subject to a yellow weather warning for snow and ice until 11:00am on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, dozens of schools in the West Midlands, Wales, and the South West will remain closed for a second day after the cold conditions.

Tuesday morning will also bring freezing fog patches, with rain and snow expected later in the day.

Craig Snell, a meteorologist for the Met Office, told the Press Association there was risk of further problems caused by rain falling in icy areas and the snow would take a few good days to melt away.