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UK weather: Arctic blast to bring freezing temperatures and snow

Met Office says weather will be colder from Wednesday with frost and wintry showers

A blast of Arctic air will bring freezing temperatures to the UK this week and end what has been a mild start to the new year.

Overnight frost and the possibility of rain showers turning snowy in some parts are forecast by the Met Office, though no weather warnings have been issued.

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At least 9 dead after snowstorm batters Midwest

At least nine people, including a state trooper who was responding to a crash, have been killed amid a winter storm that has battered the Midwest and continues to dump several inches of snow in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

The storm that began in parts of the Midwest on Friday snarled traffic on highways with a deadly mix of sleet and slush, left thousands without power and canceled dozens of flights. It has left dozens of casualties in its trail as it moved eastward, dropping 6 to 7 inches of snow in parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Temperatures to remain below average over the weekend

A wind chill advisory for the northern half of Maine expired Saturday morning, but that does not mean it’s time to break out the shorts and flip-flops.

Temperatures this weekend will average 5- to 15-degrees below average with highs in the single digits and low teens, according to the National Weather Service office in Caribou.

Gusty winds on Saturday will only make things feel colder by pushing the windchill temperatures down to 20- to 30-degrees below zero Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of FEMA contractors ordered to stop work

Hundreds of government contractors who were engaged in disaster preparedness work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency were ordered two weeks ago to stop work on projects, raising concerns about whether the protracted government shutdown is straining the agency’s ability to respond to future disasters.

FEMA emergency funds designated for current disaster response have not been affected by the shutdown, meaning current disaster recovery efforts in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico should continue despite the partial shutdown, the agency said Thursday.

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