Urgent Weather Report
Issued 10.45 a.m. on Tuesday 20th January 2004
The UK is set for a severe wintry plunge after the coming weekend, with sub-zero temperatures and widespread snow forecast.
Cold polar air will dominate from Monday of next week (26th) - affecting Scotland and the east at first and the rest of the UK soon after.
Accumulations of snow - especially in the north and east are expected to be significant, producing widespread dislocation of the transport system and a serious impact upon outside sporting events.
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