SNOW-HIT DRIVERS FACE STANDSTILL ON M5 AS COLD SNAP CLOSES OUT 2020
Temperatures are predicted to remain above freezing in many parts of the country as the UK says goodbye to 2020.
Although temperatures at midnight are expected to hover around freezing point in central and eastern England, London is expected to register 1C, Glasgow around 3C and Belfast 5C.
Despite the forecast, the Met Office issued a New Year’s Eve ice warning covering the majority of Devon and Cornwall, as motorists on the M5 faced standstill conditions due to snow.
The yellow warning cautioned that showers in south-west England will pose a risk of ice from 6pm on New Year’s Eve until 9am on January 1.
In a tweet urging drivers to avoid the stretch of the M5 north of Cullompton, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A large amount of snow has fallen on the M5 between Jct 27 and 28 on both carriageways. Northbound is doing 20mph, Southbound crawling/standstill. Please avoid for the time being, consider having a hot drink at services if you can.”