Voices Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York

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.

The cold weather is likely to break on Friday, leading to a warmer but wetter weekend

Wintry showers set to return to the UK as December freeze continues

Some parts of the country will struggle to get above freezing on Wednesday and Thursday

Totnes did a more than decent thing

The town clubbed together to provide a funeral for a local homeless man

Travel warnings as temperatures plunge

The South of England can expect its first snowfall of the winter with motorists warned of treacherous driving conditions today.

Scottish fire station damaged by blaze

A fire station has been badly damaged after a blaze ripped through the building.

A shower of snow covers trees in Bath, Somerset earlier this month

After the wind, rain and floods Britain braces for snow as forecasters predict coldest winter for 100 years

Temperatures are expected to fall dramatically this evening leading to rain in some areas turning to sleet and possibly snow

'Once you take away the freedom of the press, it's very difficult to get back': Sir David Frost on Leveson, Michael Gove and political correctness

Exclusive: The man who conducted possibly the most famous political interview in television history, David Frost, now 73, gives his views on press freedom and British politics

The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, Almeida Theatre, London

The beautiful poetry of Edward Thomas – ostensibly pastoral but often leading us to the mysterious, unsettling edges of consciousness – came in a late spurt of creativity.

Cinematic majesty in historic Navajo country

Chris Leadbeater finds epic views for all seasons in Monument Valley

Weekend work: Time to lay new turf

What to do

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Ice-cool gems

Whistles is launching a jewellery collaboration with antique-inspired brand Lulu Frost. It's really rather brrrrrilliant, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Exposure: The Jimmy Savile documentary review

Those who stayed up to watch last night's ITV investigation into Jimmy Savile's alleged abuse of young girls will have switched off with a damning picture of the disc jockey, says Caroline Frost on the Huffington Post.

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Liu Xiang among Chinese athletes to switch training base to Germany 'thanks to London's cold weather'

Hurdler Liu Xiang has gone to train in Germany because London is too cold.

Emperor's new crop: the case for leeks

For first-time vegetable growers, leeks are an easy and tasty option. And if they're good enough for Nero...

In One Person, By John Irving

Irving's versatile writer-hero wrestles with inner demons and social stress in a sexual comedy that has both guts and heart.

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