Freezing weather hazard for drivers

Freezing temperatures are expected to create hazardous driving conditions for families looking to travel on the half-term getaway.

Temperatures across eastern England are forecast to be close to or below 0C overnight, with a mix of snow, sleet and rain also set to trouble motorists. Up to 25cm of snow fell in parts of Kent and East Sussex on Thursday, with more wintry showers expected over the next few days.

The Met Office warned of widespread ice in eastern England, while motorists were told to take extra care on slippery roads.

The cold spell is likely to remain for the next week, according to John Hutchinson, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association. But he said there was unlikely to be a repeat of the heavy snow that hit parts of the south east of England this week.

"There will be wintry showers around in eastern England into the weekend - a mix of rain, sleet and snow," he said.

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