'No snow' for New Year drivers

Forecasters have predicted that Britain's roads are likely to be free of snow over the New Year, although many routes could be affected by frost and freezing fog.

People are being warned to wrap up warm as sub-zero temperatures continue over the coming days, but experts said that the chances of wintry showers were low.

"There's not going to be any snow," said Tiffany Curnick, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.

"We are still dominated by high pressure - it's going to be dry pretty much everywhere. It's staying dry and settled for the time being, but really cold.

"At the moment it looks like we are going to be under high pressure until Saturday."

Large parts of the UK are expected to see overnight freezes, with temperatures dropping to minus 8C or minus 9C in parts of northern Scotland on Tuesday night, and minus 2C in London.

However, there could be some snow in the early part of 2009 if a weather front currently affecting Scandinavia moves over the UK.

"We are watching some really cold air over Norway - if that moves over here then there could be some wintry showers over the weekend," Ms Curnick said.

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