50,000 motorists hit by cold snap

Tens of thousands of motorists were left stranded on the roads after the country's freezing spell hit -12C.

On Tuesday, over 50,000 breakdown call-outs were reported by the RAC and other roadside rescue companies due to icy roads and snow. The RAC said the call-outs levels were the worst since 2004.

Icy road warnings are in place for north-west England, Yorkshire and Humber and the East and West Midlands, and snow flurries from the south from Yorkshire and the Humber have left drivers facing another day of road chaos.

Warnings are also in place in Benson in Oxfordshire and Chesham in Bucks, the coldest parts of England during the cold snap, where temperatures were close to -12C.

Nikki Berry, a forecaster for MeteoGroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said temperatures will rise slightly, but the freezing spell will continue.

She added: "There is quite a bit more cloud around which will help raise temperatures. Generally northern half of the UK is looking much warmer, 1C to 3C minimum. In the south we will still be looking at -1C to -4C overnight, which is not as cold as it has been."

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