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All 50 US states are below freezing as the polar vortex sworls around North America, shattering temperature records and causing a collective shudder across the continent.

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It feels like it's freezing! Winter bites back as easterly blasts in

Don't be fooled by forecasts that show above-freezing temperatures. The figures might show 1C or even higher, but gusty easterly winds mean it will five or six degrees colder.

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Flood warnings have been issued across much of the UK as ice starts to melt and forecasters warn of heavy rain sweeping across the country

Clockwise from top left: A man clears snow from his car in Northumberland; A teenager is airlifted to hospital following a sledging accident in Middlesbrough; Workers clear the road of ice and snow in Gloucestershire; 40 flights were cancelled from Heathrow today

Further treacherous conditions expected as snow that's claimed 7 lives set to continue

South and east Wales, southern England and the Midlands will see the worst of further flurries

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You call this snow?: The Coldest Winters in British History

Snow, snow and more snow.  The latest weather forecasts predict the temperature in Britain won't rise much about 0 for the next week, making this the coldest winter the country has seen for some time. But as cold as the winter of 2013 is turning out, it's a beach holiday in the Bahamas compared to the British winters of yesteryear.

A snow plough is driven past a van crashed in a ditch during snowy weather in Buxton

Respite after snowfall but drivers are warned to proceed with caution in icy conditions

Much of the UK will escape further snow today, 24 hours after widespread snowfall caused travel problems for motorists and rail users.

Milkmen and postmen asked to help elderly during cold snap

Public-spirited postmen and milkmen were asked today to help keep an eye on the elderly and vulnerable during the cold snap.

First wintry weather of 2013 set to hit this weekend

Forecasters warn of a a meteorological  “battleground”

1 December 2012: A dog walker on a snow covered road in the Scottish Borders

Brace yourself: All parts of the country could be blanketed in snow this weekend

Weeks of mild weather will be replaced with freezing temperatures and icy winds

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This Christmas let's celebrate the demise of a fixed television schedule

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