North facing ‘ice rink Monday’ as freeze hits roads.
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North facing ‘ice rink Monday’ as freeze hits roads.

The RAC has warned that parts of the UK may experience “ice rink Monday” after snow refreezes overnight.

Eastern Scotland is under a yellow weather warning for snow and ice, causing road and railway disruptions.

It follows days of freezing temperatures and disruption caused by snow, particularly in Cumbria.

“Treacherous icy conditions” are expected in northern parts of the country on Monday, according to RAC breakdown spokesman Simon Williams.

He advised drivers to leave extra space behind vehicles in front, reduce their speeds and give themselves plenty of time to stop.

It is important to allow more time to thoroughly de-ice and de-mist vehicles before setting out.”

Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal, Ambleside, Ulverston, and Kendal were among the areas closed on Monday.

In the south, temperatures are expected to be milder than in the north. Parts of the south and south west of England are under a rain warning.

According to Met Office chief meteorologist, Jason Kelly, “The first Atlantic air mass for a while is making some inroads across southern and central parts of the country, bringing milder conditions to many southern areas whilst the cold air mass continues to hold strong in the north of the country.”.

For parts of north-east Scotland, wintry showers will bring some icy conditions overnight, as well as some accumulation of snow over the coming days in areas of inland Scotland. This will be aggravated by the convergence of these two air masses.”

According to the Scottish Met Office, Altnaharra in the Highland region of northern Scotland, recorded the coldest temperatures since last winter on Saturday night, with -12.5C (9.5F) being recorded there.