Arctic freeze continues its grip on North East

MOTORISTS face another day of disruption after a spate of accidents yesterday due to the freezing weather.

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DESPITE the sunny spells yesterday, the arctic freeze is not loosening its grip on Tyneside.

Temperatures will continue to struggle to get past zero this week, according to forecasters. Last night, the mercury plummeted to -15C in parts of Yorkshire.

Motorists should take care as the Met Office warned that widespread icy roads will continue across the North East today, with further sleet and snow likely to come from the North.

But forecasters say the worst of the snowfalls are probably over.

Paul Mott, forecaster for MeteoGroup said: "It will be a pretty cold commute to work for a lot of people today.

"There will be widespread snow in central and southern Scotland, this will spread to Cumbria and the North East throughout the day.

"Some areas can expect snowfalls of between five to 10 centimetres."

The highest maximum temperatures across the UK today are expected to fluctuate between a chilly 0C and -2C.

And there is no respite from the cold in sight. Mr Mott added: "There are some very cold days coming up for the rest of the week, but it does look like the situation may ease towards the weekend."

Over last weekend, some parts of the UK enjoyed a brief break from the chill, with a comparatively balmy 7.7C in Chivenor, north Devon.

But at least seven people have died during the spell of bleak weather, including five people killed on the roads and two Cumbrian pensioners who froze to death after falls in their gardens.

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