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Bitter cold snap strikes as snow, ice and rain to hit Brits in -9C plunge

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Many parts of the country are set to be battered by snow, ice, and rain as bitterly cold temperatures plunge most of England, Wales and parts of Scotland into chilly conditions.

Yellow warnings are in place across most of the country until Monday as the mercury is expected to plummet as low as -9C in some parts of the UK.

Brits have been warned the weather could create dangerous driving conditions, delays to public transport and icy surfaces.

The Met Office said snow may even fall on Saturday, December 9 in northern parts of England, south-west England and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Snow can also be expected over the high ground of Wales, which could see 2-5cm of snow.

In a Saturday forecast posted to its website, the Met said: "Many parts dry with sunny spells, though cold, with low cloud and some freezing fog affecting central and southern England.

"Turning cloudy and windy across Scotland and Northern Ireland with rain moving eastwards, preceded by snow in places."

Sunday reads: "Windy in the north with rain moving eastwards, heavy on western hills, and turning milder.

"Dry in the south but remaining cold, with freezing fog patches slow to clear."

The cold spell could pose serious risks for those planning to get out and about for their daily walk in lockdown.

Ben Aldous, of the RAC, said fog, ice and snow "are the enemies of drivers" and said it is important for people to "adjust their driving style" to suit the conditions.

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He said: "Fog, ice and in some places snow are the enemies of drivers.

"In order to avoid falling foul of the conditions, it's important for motorists to adjust their driving style to suit the conditions.

"Being gentler on the throttle and brakes, and slowing down particularly on rural or un-gritted routes can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey."

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