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No more snow but temperatures set to plunge to -8C

2014-12-27 18:01:23

Birmingham's white Christmas is over with no more snow predicted this year - but temperatures are set to nosedive to a chilly -8C.

The West Midlands was hit by a Boxing Day mini-blizzard, which left delighted kids waking up to a blanket of snow this morning.

The Midlands was among the worst affected areas hit by the snowstorms, with 11cm (4.3in) falling in Leek, Staffordshire, while Nottinghamshire was hit by flurries of up to 7cm (2.8in).

The freezing weather brought treacherous conditions to roads in the West Midlands, with some motorists forced to abandon their cars further north in Sheffield.

More than 100,000 homes were left with power shortages across England, including the East Midlands, as heavy snow wreaked havoc on electricity cables.

A Western Power Distribution spokesman said 36,000 customers were left without power and another 69,000 had short interruptions to supplies. Staff worked through Friday night to reconnect customers, but about 3,000 in the East Midlands were still affected.

Meanwhile, forecasters have warned the next couple of days will be very dry and cold but with no more snow predicted.

"During the day there will be plenty of sunshine and at night there will be very clear skies," said Met Office spokesman Simon Partridge.

"There will be some very cold air, much colder than we've had of late. It will be the coldest spell of the year since last January.

"Temperatures during the day will be no more than 4C or 5C, the same sort of temperature as your fridge.

"Overnight it will be between -4C or -5C, possibly as low as -8C.b It starts to change on New Year's Eve when winds increase from the west and clouds start to come in from the west. New Year's Day will see quite strong winds and some rain.”

Birmingham Airport reported no weather-related problems and was unaffected by Boxing Day's snow. Similarly the Highways Agency, police and ambulance service said there were no major incidents caused by the weather.

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