Cars could be slipping and sliding on the roads following a spate of horrifying traffic collisions last week during thick foggy weather.
Experts say “nasty” frosty conditions mean drivers should “take extra caution” as the frosty temperatures kick off 2017, with snow predicted in some regions.
Police forces have reported being “stretched” by recent accidents caused by “black ice” on the roads which have caused more than 30 collisions.
“Take extra caution on the roads”
A yellow warning for ice has been put in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North and East Midlands, the Met Office said.
Brits are facing bitterly cold conditions following a unseasonably warm Christmas, with some forecasters predicting temperatures to reach minus six degrees in some regions.
Temperatures in the north and Scotland could reach minus four or five degrees as large parts of the UK wake up to frost, Met Office forecaster Emma Boorman said.
Warning motorists to be aware of icy spots, she said: “Take extra caution on the roads, leave extra time. There could be a few icy patches on untreated surfaces, and the showers could be quite nasty too.
“If you do run into a shower, particularly in the northern third of Scotland, there could be a wintry element of sleet and snow particularly up on the hills.
“Because the breeze is coming in from the north, we tend to see the showers mostly affecting the coasts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.”
It comes after the UK was covered in thick fog last week and over some of the weekend, bringing chaos to Britain’s highways.
Humberside Police said emergency services were “stretched” after more than 30 collisions on roads across the force area.
A spokesman tweeted: “Motorists please take extra care today. The freezing overnight temperatures have left us with very icy roads and they still haven’t thawed.
“More than 30 collisions across the force area this morning. Emergency services are stretched. Please drive to the conditions.
“Rural areas across North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire are especially icy. What look like puddles on the road are actually black ice.”
A woman was killed and another two were treated in hospital following a deadly 20 car pile-up on the A40 in Oxfordshire.
Killer weather also lead to a coach being overturned on the M40 as it drove through dense fog in Oxfordshire on Friday.
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