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Ice warning for drivers as commuters face frosty return to work

Commuters faced a frosty start as they returned to work after the festive break as temperatures dropped below freezing across swathes of the country.

Lows of minus 6.4C (20.5F) were recorded in Benson, South Oxfordshire, as the cold spell brought icy conditions to much of southern England.

Bournemouth saw the mercury drop to minus 5.8C (21.6F), while temperatures fell to 0C (32F) near London.

A "yellow" weather alert for ice across parts of southern England remained in place until 10am on Tuesday, with the Met Office warning some roads could become "hazardous".

Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said there would have been "lots of car-scraping this morning" as people woke up to the frosty weather, and said the country was in store for another chilly day.

"Despite the sunshine across England and Wales it will be quite a cold-feeling day - temperatures will be around 5C (41F) or 6C (42F) as a maximum."

Mr Dewhurst added: "It's much milder across northern England, Northern Ireland and northern Scotland - temperatures here have generally been above freezing, between 3C (37.4F) and 5C (41F) - less of a frosty start."

He said the warmest temperatures would be in Scotland - where Aberdeen could reach 11C (51.8F).

Tuesday night will be less chilly than Monday because of increased cloud, but some parts will still see freezing conditions.

"Even by the end of the night tonight into tomorrow morning there is a risk of some patchy frost around across the whole country but temperatures won't be as low," Mr Dewhurst said.

Temperatures could reach minus 1C (33.8F) in the colder spots.

Tuesday will remain mostly dry for much of England and Wales with sunny spells, particularly in the south, but the cloud and rain across Scotland will head move towards Northern Ireland and northern England through the night, the forecaster added.

Humberside Police urged drivers to consider the weather conditions outside, and tweeted: "If you had to de-ice your car this morning, the chances are the roads are also icy. Please take care and #drivetotheconditions."

The force added: "Frosty windscreens on your vehicle means the roads might also be frosty, icy or slippery."

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