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Snow and ice weather warnings have been extended across the UK after the record for the coldest night of the year so far was broken for the second night in a row.

The Met Office has extended a yellow snow and ice warning covering the north of Scotland and the north east of England until midday on Friday.

Snow and ice warnings are in effect in the south east of England from 6:00pm Tuesday to 10:00am Wednesday. There is an ice warning in the east of England from 3:00pm on Tuesday until noon on Wednesday.

The meteorologist also added a yellow ice warning for the northern parts of Northern Ireland, including Belfast and Derry, from midday Tuesday to midday Wednesday. Northern Ireland is experiencing freezing fog.

Braemer in Aberdeenshire was the coldest place in the UK on Tuesday night, recording a low of -17.3°C, breaking Monday’s record of -15.7°C.

The next coldest temperature on Tuesday night was also recorded in Aberdeenshire, at -14.9°C at Balmoral.

Dozens of schools across the country have been forced to close for a second day due to cold weather, for reasons including failed heating, burst pipes, and snow and ice.

The RAC experienced its biggest outage day on record. RAC Breakdown’s Rod Dennis said: “Yesterday was officially our busiest breakdown day on record, with around 12,000 drivers needing help – the equivalent of eight every minute of the day. Even our busiest day during the infamous ‘beast from the east’ in 2018 didn’t see that many people breaking down.

“We believe two key ingredients have combined to create the worst winter breakdown cocktail ever: a prolonged period of cold weather with a lack of widespread snow that would otherwise keep people indoors, and a large increase in the number of drivers who can’t afford to keep their vehicles as well as they’d like due to the pandemic and cost of living crisis.

“Today continues to be an incredibly demanding day for our patrols, and the rail strikes are likely to force more people onto the roads.”

The travel disruption continued on Tuesday, with icy roads making conditions difficult. The Met Office said there would be icy patches on untreated roads, sidewalks and cycle paths due to melting snow left over from Monday.

Travelers faced travel disruptions on Monday as much of the UK was affected by ice, fog and snow. Drivers on the northern sections of the M25 were stranded for several hours when traffic came to a standstill.

National Highways said it had up to 25 spreaders treating the M25 at any time on Sunday and overnight into Monday. They spread 960 tons of salt and more than 18,000 liters of antifreeze.

A Local Government Association (LGA) report published last week found that nearly two-thirds of England’s councils were concerned that they would not be able to hire enough HGV drivers to drive their trucks this winter.

“As this survey shows, councils along with many other organizations have had ongoing difficulties recruiting new HGV drivers,” an LGA spokesperson said.

“On top of this, rapidly rising HGV driver wages in the private sector exacerbate problems in the public sector, with the increases creating a retention and recruitment problem for councils and their contractors.

“To ensure the sand trucks can go out to treat the roads and sidewalks this winter, councils have been retraining and redeploying existing staff, as well as using short-term agency workers.”

Darren Clark, manager of severe weather resiliency at National Highways, said he had dispatched the right number of grit spreaders to deal with the highways on Monday.

“We started the autumn and winter season with around 280,000 tons of salt stored in our warehouses and yesterday we used 12,000 tons in our entire network in view of the current weather conditions. We have 530 sand spreaders in our fleet and we send the appropriate number to treat the roads according to the conditions in different areas of our network.”

Transport Secretary Mark Harper defended the highway authorities’ response to the cold snap, after motorists were stranded on the M25.

He told LBC Radio on Tuesday: “After hearing what National Highways said, from what I understand, there was a very significant amount of yelling. But of course, that doesn’t mean you can deal with the consequences of the fact that it was a very severe cold snap and there was heavy snowfall across the country.”

He added that National Highways staff had worked “incredibly hard” to try to keep the highways moving.



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