Britain braces for coldest winter

Forecasters are warning of yet another week of severe weather conditions, with Britain bracing itself for one of the coldest winters in 100 years.

Transport on the roads, train services and airports is likely to be very chaotic, with four inches of snow due in parts of the country on Tuesday, with worse conditions expected later this week. 

MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said up to 15cm of snow could be lying over "wide areas" by Friday, with the south experiencing "significant or even major difficulties to infrastructures, particularly transport".

Temperatures across southern England fell to minus 10C (14F) overnight.

Stephen Davenport, senior meteorologist at MeteoGroup, said: "This is stretching the limits of short to medium term forecasting but so entrenched is this cold-weather pattern that it seems only a major upheaval in the atmosphere will bring a return to something milder.

"Should conditions continue in a similar vein then by March we might just be looking back at one of the coldest winters of the last 100 years."

He added: "Heavy snow showers or more widespread snow will continue to move across northern and eastern areas of Britain, causing notable disruptions to transportation."

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