Arctic Britain: Siberian freeze brings ice, snow and -16C temperatures this week

Freezing Britain: Siberian front brings ice, snow and -16C temperatures (but at least these skiers are enjoying themselves) Temperatures expected to dip from Sunday with frozen conditions bringing chaos to the roads later in the week Commuters pictured battling through heavy snow in Leeds, Newcastle and LincolnshireAA warn drivers to be prepared for treacherous conditions and advise grit is ineffective below -9C Icy gusts from the east will bring a wind chill factor of -16C next week, according to Met Office forecasters Follows a week of transport chaos with airports closing and dramatic car crashes putting police officers and a boy of 11 into hospital | UPDATED: 17:07 GMT, 8 December 2012 With icy blasts sweeping in from Siberia expected to send the mercury plummeting from as early as tomorrow afternoon, skiers made a rare UK appearance this morning enjoying an unexpected spot of glorious sunshine. The intrepid winter sportsmen took to the gentle slopes of the South Tyne Valley, near Alston, in Cumbria, and if forecasters are correct there will be plenty more of the white stuff to come

Cargo ship sinks: Dramatic scenes as 13 are rescued from freezing waters after North Sea ship collision

Dramatic pictures capture rescuers plucking 13 survivors from freezing waters after North Sea ship collision… but hope fades for six crew still missing The Baltic Ace car carrier sank after it collided with the Corvus J container ship off the coast of Rotterdam on Wednesday nightRescuers managed to lift 13 sailors to safety – six are still missingCoastguard is now reported to have called off the rescue operation Five bodies have been recovered following the crash off the Dutch coastCause of the collision is under investigation, but the manager of the Baltic Ace said today that human error was 'probably' to blame | UPDATED: 18:57 GMT, 6 December 2012 These infra-red pictures capture the dramatic scenes as 13 sailors were rescued from the icy waters of the North Sea after the Baltic Ace cargo ship collided with another vessel off the Dutch coast.