Arts and Entertainment One Direction's third album sold 685,000 copies in 2013

The boy band may have achieved chart success, but 2013 marked the first year in a decade that no album sold more than 1 million copies in the UK

Salt stockpiled as second big chill sweeps in

A further 250,000 tons of salt has been ordered by the Government as it makes last-minute preparations for heavy snowfalls expected to blanket Britain later this week.

Trillions of sums, but we can't predict a white Christmas

The 'big freeze' is set to return today, but forecasts that look even 10 days ahead always need an element of luck

Arctic blast brings prospect of white Christmas

The prospect of a white Christmas has become more likely as Britons prepare for another Arctic blast to hit the UK this week.

Arctic front set to send temperatures plummeting

Another arctic blast will bring more snow and bitterly cold temperatures to the UK this week, forecasters have warned. Temperatures will also fall as low as minus 10C (14F), with bitter winds sweeping across Britain from the north.

Heavy weather brings the roof down for Minnesota Vikings

The inflatable roof of a football stadium in Minneapolis dramatically collapsed after severe cold weather blanketed large parts of the US in heavy snow.

£20m push to get mail through severe weather

Royal Mail is spending £20 million on extra measures to handle the severe weather as it deals with the busiest posting day of the year, it was announced today.

Britain braced for snow and plunging temperatures

Another arctic blast will bring more snow and bitterly cold temperatures to the UK this week, forecasters have warned.

Transport minister resigns over snow chaos

Scotland's transport minister resigned yesterday following criticism of his handling of travel problems caused by the poor weather.

Thaw warms up shivering Britons

The whole country was enjoying a thaw today with all parts above freezing for the first time since the cold spell struck last month.

Calm before snowstorm as Big Freeze eases

Britain will enjoy some brief respite from the worst December weather in nearly 30 years today, before temperatures plunge again for the rest of the month.

Transport Secretary: 'Public should access grit and salt'

The public should have access to grit and salt supplies to help clear roads, the Transport Secretary suggested today as the worst December weather for 19 years continued.

Don't blame us, says Met Office as snow cripples M8

Forecasters have rejected claims they had failed to predict a heavy snowstorm after being blamed by ministers over a night of chaos which left thousands of motorists stranded on Scottish motorways.

Paul Newman: 'Sincil Blanc' sums up what big freeze does to small clubs

The Football League Column: In Leagues One and Two only three out of 24 games beat the bad weather

Snow slows John Lewis sales rises

High street bellwether John Lewis saw sales of £104m last week, up by 1.2 per cent year on year and by 3.7 per cent compared with the previous week, despite "atrocious weather conditions".

Call this a harsh winter? Now, when I were a lad...

As Britain struggles to cope with the big freeze, David Randall says this is nothing
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