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Manchester warned to wrap-up as Met Office predict icy weekend ahead

By Francine Ponticelli

Manchester is predicted to see a marked change in the weather this weekend as the dry spell makes way for widespread ice.

As an Atlantic front moves in from the west on Saturday, Manchester is likely to have slightly less cold conditions, but is still expected to see some rain. However with the rain falling on cold ground there is serious risk of the ice forming, the Met Office predicts.

Paul Gundersen, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “With this risk of snow and ice over the next few days it is important people stay up to date with our weather forecasts and warnings for the latest information.”

People in the city are starting to sense the shift in temperature as one worker, Stephanie Burton-Cox, said: “Who knew that Manchester could actually be so cold? Even the sun’s not helping.”

Speaking on this issue, one Manchester bar manager said: “The cold hasn’t really stopped people from going out. These people are made of strong stuff, but when drunk they must take care of any ice that may be on the ground.”

Over the past few days the UK has seen the coldest spell of the winter so far, as very cold air has flooded across the UK from the continent. Temperatures have dropped as low as -9.4 °C in Shap, Cumbria, and -10 °C is possible in places tonight.

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