Friday, January 11th 2013, 5:41 AM EST
Town hall chiefs and airports last night insisted they were ready for the fortnight of ice and snow expected to start tomorrow.
After a relatively mild Christmas, temperatures are predicted to plunge to -10C (14F) in some areas with the arrival of freezing air from Scandinavia.
The cold will lead to sleet and snow storms across much of the country with severe night frosts and freezing fog making for treacherous conditions on the roads.
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