Motorists warned accidents ‘more likely’ following freezing temperatures overnight
Roads in Yorkshire are expected to be treacherous this morning (Mon) after the ‘coldest night of the year’.
Temperatures are believed to have dropped to as low as -10C in parts of the country overnight as the UK emerges from Storm Arwen.
A yellow ice warning remains in place for Yorkshire today.
The warning, set to last until 10am, says people should expect to see “icy patches” on roads and pavements, meaning accidents and slips and falls are “more likely”.
It comes after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across much of the UK, bringing strong winds, sleet and snow.
Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan told the PA news agency: “As Storm Arwen is clearing out to Europe, a cold northerly flow of wind has been left behind in the UK, causing some of the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve seen.
“Even if you do live in a city, you can expect to be scraping frost, ice or even snow off your cars on Monday morning.”
Mr Morgan predicted on Sunday evening: “Parts of Scotland and northern England, where snow is on the ground, will be very cold again tonight, with the temperature certainly falling below zero and even as low as minus 10C (14F), which would make it the coldest night of the season so far.”
A cold weather alert was issued by the UK Health Security Agency on Friday, remaining in place until Monday, prompting advice to people to try to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of the chilly conditions such as the elderly and anyone with heart and lung problems.
Mr Morgan said this is due to an “Arctic shot” which has moved south across the UK.
Gusts of almost 100mph caused transport disruption, power cuts and damage to buildings, while heavy snow led to lorries getting stuck and ploughs being used in a number of areas over the weekend.
Northern Powergrid, which supplies energy to the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said 240,000 of its customers lost service but on Sunday announced supply had been restored to 200,000.
The company added more than 1,100 instances of damage have been recorded, with more being discovered as repairs continue.