Temperatures are set to plunge to as low as -10C over this weekend, with the Met Office issuing severe weather alerts across large swathes of the country.

Social and healthcare services are being put on high alert, as the UK faces no let-up in the wintry weather which has already claimed one life and caused chaos on roads and rail lines.

Yorkshire and Humber, the North-east and the North-west are subject to a level-three amber alert, the second highest, while the West Midlands, the East Midlands and the east of England are on a yellow warning.

The severe weather alerts will remain in place until Tuesday with temperatures expected to reach as low as -10C in the Scottish Highlands and -8C in the Lake District and Pennines tomorrow night. The areas set to be worst affected are those where snow already lies on the ground.

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