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Temperatures plunge amid March's big freeze
9:45am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
TEMPERATURES plunged to -5.1C in parts of St Helens last night as March's big freeze continued.
The unexpected icy weather arrived at the weekend - and there were snow flurries in parts of the borough yesterday.
Rural areas, such as Rainford, were believed to be the coldest overnight and there was asprinkling of lying snow in some places. A bitter wind has made the temperatures feel even lower.
Council gritters have been out treating the town's seven major routes for the past two nights.
A council spokesman said: "A low of -5.1C was recorded in St Helens last night. We are working to the winter plan."
Temperatures are expected to lift slightly today before dipping below freezing overnight.
The cold weather is expected to continue until Friday, when it will become milder, although rain is forecast.