Severe weather warning as temperatures plunge across UK

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The Independent Online

Parts of Britain woke up this morning in the grip of a big chill brought on by an Arctic weather front. The country was bracing itself for more sleet and snow today and tomorrow after temperatures plunged to -4 C across the UK last night.

The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for much of the country today with sleet and snow expected almost everywhere except in the South-west and Northern Ireland. Rain could cause icy patches on roads today, and the AA warned drivers to take extra time over their journeys and to pack equipment such as food, spades and clothing in case they become stranded.

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