Snow and ice will not be nice for revellers ushering in 2010

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Another icy snap is forecast to sweep the country for the new year, with Scotland again suffering the brunt of the snowy conditions.

New Year's Eve is likely to see temperatures drop as low as -8C in Scotland and -5C in northern England. Even the south of the country will struggle to get above freezing on the first day of 2010. Strathclyde and Tayside were heavily hit yesterday, with snow expected over the North West Highlands, Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains overnight. Freezing fog, rain, sleet and snow were forecast to push northwards over southern areas of Wales and England today.

Northerly and north-easterly winds are expected to sweep in from Wednesday onwards, bringing snow showers everywhere, and especially across northern- and eastern-facing coasts.