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A woman braves the icy temperatures and snow in Castle Combe in the Cotswolds yesterday. A blanket of snow swept across the southern half of Britain, closing hundreds of schools and blocking roads. Icy winds from Siberia sent

temperatures plummeting and blew drifts up to four feet deep. The bookmakers William Hill have now cut their odds on a white Christmas from 4-1 to 2-1, the shortest ever quoted odds for this time of year