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UK weather forecast: -14C Arctic blast set to follow rain causing hazardous icy roads for drivers

BRITS are set to freeze in a -14C Arctic blast as drivers have been warned of hazardous icy roads in the lead up to Christmas.

Weather forecasters have said heavy downpours will make icy conditions particularly dangerous as temperatures drop below zero.

"Volatile" weather is predicted over the coming week with odds slashed on a white Christmas and snow likely to fall across the UK very soon.

The Environmental Agency has put 47 flood warnings in place and alerts across the country, with most in the north and south west.

Weather forecasters say southern parts of the UK will see freezing temperatures.

A Met Office forecaster said: "Surface temperatures are expected to fall away below freezing and following the rain and recent wet weather many surfaces are likely to remain wet leading to icy stretches forming where these not treated.”

Weathertrending added: "Expect threats from both frost and even some snow to be gradually increasing from the north – last to reach southern counties.

“The first week of December could provide some very volatile weather indeed."

A crippling Arctic blast is to blame for the plummeting temperatures - with fierce snowstorms threatening to blanket Northern regions, and most of Wales.

And icy wind coming over the next couple of days could even feel as cold as -12C, experts warn - with the harsh breeze making Brits twice as cold.

The Met Office said of tonight's weather: "Rain will clear in the far southwest, but it will remain windy. Showers will also affect some North Sea coastal districts at times and also northern Scotland.

"Elsewhere, it will be dry with clear periods allowing another cold, frosty night with a few fog patches.

Forecasters predict most areas will be "dry and sunny" tomorrow, but temperatures will remain chilly.

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The Met Office said in its online forecast: "Showers likely in the far north and east. Fog patches slow to clear in parts of southern Scotland and north-west England."

The weather will turn milder in the north as the week progresses, but night fog will hit much of the rest of the country, according to the Met Office.

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