Happy New Year to you!

2010 has certainly got off to a very cold start. Last night temperatures at Tirabad near Sennybridge in the Brecon Beacons plunged to -12 Celsius and there's no sign of things warming up.

Winter is going to tighten its grip this week with Arctic winds bringing more snow and ice. Northern and Eastern parts of Britain will bear the brunt of the heaviest snow but some snow is likely in Wales too.

Amounts of snow will vary from place to place but parts of North and West Wales could see several cm's - perhaps as much as 10 cm or 4 inches on some high ground such as the Horse Shoe Pass.

It will remain bitterly cold with temperatures struggling to rise much above freezing during the day and dropping well below freezing at night with hard frosts.

There will also be a significant wind chill with a biting North to North Easterly wind developing.
The signs are that the cold weather may continue until at least the middle of January so keep the winter woollies handy.

Take care if you are travelling and don't to be tempted to walk on any frozen ponds, lakes, reservoirs or canals.


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