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UK braced for icy blast as temperatures take a plunge

Published 15/01/2016

Wintery scenes over County Durham near Stanley, as the UK braced for a new wave of bad weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of England and Scotland
Wintery scenes over County Durham near Stanley, as the UK braced for a new wave of bad weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of England and Scotland

Temperatures will continue to plunge heading into the weekend with ice warnings in place across much of the UK.

With commuters facing treacherous driving conditions, forecasters are predicting a sharp drop in temperature.

This will be due to clear skies in some places which will cause ice patches to form.

Yellow ice warnings are in place along the east coast of Scotland and England as well as Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of south-west England and the Midlands.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Temperatures will fall sharply after dark on Friday evening allowing icy patches to form on untreated surfaces, including footpaths and cycleways.

"Some freezing fog patches are also likely overnight, most likely over eastern parts of Northern Ireland.

"Scattered wintry showers will continue to move down from the north but will gradually become confined to eastern areas where there will be some slight accumulations of snow.

"There will be widespread frost forming, along with icy patches where there have been showers."

Saturday will see a frosty start but many areas will stay dry and enjoy sunny spells. Wintry showers will persist in eastern areas.

Early next week the forecast is expected to be changeable with showers or longer spells of rain, sleet and snow.

Mason in the snow with Slemish mountain in the background. 15/01/2016. Pic: Ruth Dowds
Mason in the snow with Slemish mountain in the background. 15/01/2016. Pic: Ruth Dowds
The Mourne Mountains in the snow. Pic: Steven Hylands
Snow on the Mourne Mountains. Pic: Steven Hylands
Snow sleighing in the hills of Ligoniel, Co Antrim. 15/01/2016. Pic: Julie McBride
Jack Logan enjoying snow in the Ligoniel Co Antrim. 15/1/2016. Pic: Julie McBridge
Olivia and Luca Duggan having fun in the snow in Carryduff 15/1/2016. Pic: Aideen Duggan
Ponies brave the coldest of weather on at Dundrod just outside Belfast as Northern Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow for the first time this year. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Road users found Fridays driving conditions in Northern Ireland difficult. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
The PSNI's air support tweeted this picture 'from the office'. @PSNIAirSupport
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th January 2016 Snow in Fermanagh General view of snow in Fermanagh Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
©Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th January 2016 Snow in Fermanagh Ben Hicks throws a snowball on his way home from school in the snow, Co Fermanagh Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
A solitary figure is framed by the famous trees of the Dark Hedges. January 15. 2015
Onlookers record the weather in Portstewart with heavy winds hitting parts across the North Coast in Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Aoife beside her first ever snowman in Ballyronan, Co Derry. Pic. Caroline Glendinning 14/01/15
A mischievous pup steals snowman's carrot Pic. K. Garvin 14/01/2015
‘Keeper’ the German shepherd plays in the snow in Ballycastle yesterday. The adverse weather conditions, however, brought misery to many
A woman throws a ball for her springer spaniel on the snowy west strand at Portrush
Brothers Brenn (10) and Aodan (7) Doherty sledge along Creggan Hill to the Model Primary School in Derry
Snowfall causes disruption in the village of Claudy
A stunning sky over a blanket of snow in Five Mile Straight, Maghera, Derry. Pic. Hilary McGrath 14/01/2015
A lone sheep surrounded by snow at a farm near Claudy, Derry. Pic. Fiona-Jane Garrett 14/01/2015
Proudly showing off their snowmen as children enjoy the snowfall in Northern Ireland. Pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015
Little 16-month-old Clara has fun as she gets her first glimpse of the snow and takes her first steps in the winter wonderland in Limavady. Pic. Hannah McCausland 13/01/2015
A thick blanket of snow lies in Kildoag, Londonderry. Pic Astrid Coyle 14/01/2015
A good day's work in the snow - proudly showing their happy snowman. Pic Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015
Snowball fights in the snow as young and old enjoy the wintry spell in Northern Ireland pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015
A blanket of snow makes a dramatic view over Loughbrickland Lake. Pic Lisa Young 13/01/2015
Dramatic colours as winter takes over Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. 13/01/2015 Pic. Lisa Young
Beautiful wintry image of Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. Pic. Lisa Young 13/01/2015
Zoe Adair and Victoria Poole enjoying the snowy spell in Northern Ireland. Pic. Victoria Poole. 13/01/2015
A blanket of snow over Dungiven. Pic. Natasha Kealey. 13/01/2015
Traffic slowed down due to snow on the Glendermot road Londonderry. Pic. Marcus Bye 13/01/2015
Heavy snow cover in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015
A beautiful snowy landscape in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015
A bed of snow glimmers under the sunshine in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015
Snow lying in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Pic. Trygve de Brun 13/01/2015
Florencecourt, CO Fermanagh Susan Elliott 13012015.
A wintry morning in Ballymoney. Pic. Emma McFaul 13/01/2015
A snowy morning in Park Village Co Derry. Pic.Fiona Jane Garrett 13/01/2015
A dark winter morning in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Pic. Katriona Cox 13/01/2015
Blanket of snow outside Claudy. Pic Stacey Witherow 13/01/2015
A scattering of snow in Fivemiletown. Pic. Julie Brownlee 13/01/2015
Snow fall in Aghadowey. Pic. Lesley Richard Hunter 13/01/2015
Lettershandoney snow fall. Pic. Padraig Lynch 13/01/2015
Flashback: On the way to Cushendun from Ballycastle. Feb 2014 Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Moonlit snow and stars over derelict house on Glenshane Pass. Photo by Martin McKenna.
Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast
In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest
A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast
Traffic on the Glenshane Pass in Co Londonderry, as snow is replaced with rain and high winds across the province.
Sheep brave the overnight snowfall in Co Derry, Feb 2014. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Taken on Portstewart Strand,11/2/14. Some hardy surfers undeterred by a snowstorm. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Frosty - Snowfall in Northern Ireland Feb 2014. Picture submitted by Stevie Burns
Snow in Maghera, Co Derry with bad weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Snowfall in Coleraine - a creative eye. Submitted by Deanna Partridge Feb 2014
Snow at Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle. Feb 2014. Submitted by Philip Gass.
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Snow in Limavady. Feb 2014 By @RichardCraig7
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Snow in the Aghanloo area, just outside Limavady. Feb 2014 By @RVE_LTD
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Heavy snow at Hillfarm House Deer Sanctuary, Derry. Feb 2014 By @kevinharkin3
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Flashback to snowy 2013: Spelga Dam in the Mournes. Submitted on behalf of Lynette Cooke.
Flashback to Winter 2013: Icicles in Ballynure. Submitted by Stephen Millings
Flashback to Winter 2013: Carrigagh Road Dromara. Submitted by Stephen Dunniece
Flashback to Winter 2013: Okay, there's no snow and this is a snow gallery but this pic of Des Nixon, taken by his wife Jo, deserves to be published
Flashback to Winter 2013: Carrigagh Road Dromara. Submitted by Stephen Dunniece
Flashback to Winter 2013: Submitted by Sarah Loughridge
Flashback to Winter 2013: Fair head. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Flashback to Winter 2013: Submitted by Sarah Loughridge
Flashback to Winter 2013: The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg.
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Twins Lewis & Dylan Crooks with big sister Zara from Lurgan. Submitted by Emily Gilchrist
The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg
After the snow, The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg
The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg
Biggest Snowman in Redburn Country Park. Submitted by Katrina Campbell
Debs and Phil wedding at Larchfield Estate. Submitted by Amy Millar
Debs and Phil wedding at Larchfield Estate. Submitted by Amy Millar
Debs and Phil wedding at Larchfield Estate. Submitted by Amy Millar
Cavehill. Submitted by Tim Blake
Cavehill. Submitted by Tim Blake
Cavehill. Submitted by Tim Blake
Divis Mountain. "No left turn" at Lindsay Hairpin on Hannastown road. Submitted by Reg Haslett
Trees at the Cuttings above Dundrod. Submitted by Reg Haslett
Ballycastle, Watertop farm! its in there somewhere. Taken on sunday morning 24th March 2013 by Cathy Clark
New line dam near Carrickfergus on Sunday 24th March 2013. Submitted by Claire Brown
Snow houses built at Ballyvallagh Road Raloo by Mark Stephen and James McConnell
Snow houses built at Ballyvallagh Road Raloo by Mark Stephen and James McConnell
A freshly dug path just off the watch-hill road, straid, ballyclare. This area is known as 'snowy glen' and it has certainly lived up to its name this week! Submitted by Christine Dunn
Snow houses built at Ballyvallagh Road Raloo by Mark Stephen and James McConnell
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013
House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar
Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly
Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

With winter weather finally taking hold many places across the UK saw a covering of snow during the week, causing travel disruption.

On Thursday two schools in Northumberland were reportedly closed because of severe weather conditions.

Network Rail said they had thousands of rail engineers working "day and night" to prevent delays to travel.

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