Another blast of icy weather could see much of the country covered in snow again tomorrow night.
The East Midlands and East Anglia will be worst affected, with temperatures down to minus 13c (9f) tonight as
Britain’s big freeze is showing no signs of letting up with sub-zero temperatures set to continue over the coming days, making road conditions treacherous.
Drivers have been reminded that road temperatures can be a couple of degrees lower than air temperatures, meaning that areas above freezing may still be at risk from ice.
As the mercury plummeted to as low as -10C in some areas, more snow was predicted in southern Scotland and northern England on Wednesday, with a band of rain moving in from the north west possibly turning to sleet.
MeteoGroup forecaster Nick Prebble said: “Tonight will be another cold night, especially further south and east, where it will be bitterly cold again. Much of England, Wales and eastern Scotland will be dominated by cold high pressure extending down from Russia, while western Scotland will be slightly less cold with an overnight minimum of about 5C or 6C.
A Met Office spokesman said there would be more of a ‘dusting’ than a blanket of snow during Friday and Saturday, but it could affect most parts.
Today and most of tomorrow will be dry, with bright spells but temperatures not rising above 3c (37f) in most places. Only the south-west coast is likely to be milder, with 7c (45f) forecast in Plymouth.
Friday will see up to an inch of snow, mostly in the east and centre of the country, and moving north on Saturday. However, the north and west will be milder and could have rain.
Dan Williams, of the Met Office, said: ‘There’s cold air coming in from the east and warm air pushing in from the west, which could result in wintry showers bringing rain, sleet and possibly more snow.’
Snow death as woman collapses…
*An award-winning businesswoman has died after apparently collapsing in the snow.
Mandy Reed, 47, was the managing director of a successful Yorkshire Dales cheesemaking firm.
The mother of two returned alone from a family gathering by taxi on Saturday night, and her body was discovered in a garden close to her home in Scorton, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, the following afternoon.
Police are not treating her death as suspicious. Initial inquiries indicate she may have died after collapsing in sub-zero temperatures.
The area had several inches of snow on Saturday and temperatures overnight remained well below freezing.
It is the second death to hit the family. Mrs Reed founded the Swaledale Cheese Company with her husband David in 1987 and the couple ran the business together for many years.
The couple’s children Louise, 25, and Sam, 20, are also involved in the family business based in Richmond.
Last year it won a ‘super gold’ award at the World Cheese Awards. A ten-year-old boy died while playing in the snow.
Joshua Houlgate was building an ‘igloo’ with friends near his home in Castleford, West Yorkshire, on Sunday when he complained of feeling unwell and collapsed.