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UK wakes after coldest night for 11 years as big freeze continues

Large parts of the UK are set to be hit by more snow showers today as the country wakes up to an ‘extreme freeze’ after the coldest night yet from Storm Darcy.

Overnight temperatures fell to a low of -19C in parts of Scotland early this morning, the coldest temperature the UK has seen in 11 years, the Mirror reports.

And today the freezing conditions brought by the Beast from the East 2 are set to continue.

Weather warnings remain in place for snow and ice with predictions of cold temperatures, snow and widespread disruption until Saturday.

One yellow weather warning is in place for snow and ice covering the entire length of the country until midday today. It warns that snow showers and icy patches will strike the affected regions and people are advised to expect travel disruption.

Up to 8cm of snow is possible in some northern regions.

The North East has seen its yellow weather warning extended for the third time as the region has faced heavy snow causing travel disruptions in the last few days.

As the snow begins to clear off to the east this afternoon, Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir has said the weather could see some sunshine but conditions will stay “bitterly cold”.

It comes after Wednesday night’s temperatures plunged even further than Tuesday night, when minus 17.1C was recorded in the Scottish Highlands.

This marked the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since January 2010, when the mercury dropped to minus 22.3C.

Ms Nasir said that on Friday and over the weekend the weather is expected to turn “quite hazardous” as “an area of cloud and rain” coupled with extremely cold air brings further risk of snow, and “perhaps even of freezing rain.”

The biting cold has also prompted responses from local councils in England, with residents warned to take “extra care” while the cold snap lasts.

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