Drivers braced for travel chaos as millions hit icy UK roads

Hotel News - 23/12/2010

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Operations at UK airports and the railways are getting back to normal following many days of severe disruption caused by heavy winter weather. The icy conditions are set to bring more travel misery as the Christmas getaway gets under way. Around 18 million motorists are expected to hit UK roads over the next few days.

Temperatures overnight dropped to -12°C in some areas of the country. Most of the UK will see temperatures remain below freezing. This means many roads in Britain will remain extremely slippery.

The Met Office already issued a severe weather warning that covers eastern Scotland and the northeast of England. Yet more snow is forecast to fall in these areas later today.

The heavy traffic is expected to peak this evening as many people try to get back home in time for Christmas Eve or go out to do some last-minute holiday shopping.

The AA handled 21,000 call-outs yesterday. The motoring organization is today getting ready to deal with another hectic day. Edmund King, AA president, said ice and snow had made many of the UK’s roads extremely dangerous.

He added that though many roads were open to traffic, the driving conditions were very dangerous because of the freezing temperatures. Meteorologists say the Arctic conditions are likely to continue until at least next week.

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