Snow forecast as gritters hit the road across Leicestershire
Gritting lorries were out in force last night ahead of possible snow showers as temperatures plunged.
Leicester Mercury weatherman Dave Mutton last night predicted up to an inch of snow could be on its way, as cold air from the north continued to chill the county.
He said: "We're going to be stuck in this cold air for a few days now and I should think we should all get some snow showers – both in the city and the county.
"I'd expect between two and four centimetres in most areas.
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"It's creeping near to Christmas now and with the cold wind coming down from Scandinavia it's remaining pretty chilly."
The temperature is likely to get a few degrees below freezing each night between now and Monday, but the wind will make it feel even colder still.
Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council both had their gritting lorries out last night in response to the plunge in temperatures.
Yesterday, the A47 at Uppingham was temporarily closed after ice caused a minor accident near to the A6003 junction at about 10am.
There was light snow fall reported in Rutland yesterday.
The cold weather is expected to stay for the weekend, with temperatures below 5C (41F).