By Alex Kapadia
The cold snap has returned with a vengeance on what is traditionally the coldest day of the year as heavy snow, a lack of grit and freezing temperatures create hazardous driving conditions.
Motorists are urged to check their tyres to make sure they are in good condition with plenty of grip and properly inflated.
Winter tyres which are specially designed to cope with treacherous road conditions are also advised if vehicle owners live in areas prone to weather-related problems on local roads.
January 13 is St Hilary’s Day and, according to folklore, is reputed to be the coldest day of the year. However, after the freezing start to the year it will feel relatively warm in some places, with the mercury expected to rise to 9C in south-west England. In most areas temperatures will range between OC and 3C.
The latest snowfall comes as the Government demanded further cuts in gritting. Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said gritting must be cut to as little as half the levels of this time last week to conserve stocks for further wintry weather.