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Frozen Britain: The cold snap in numbers

The freezing weather looks set to stay with us for up to a week but what do the figures tell us about the cold snap so far?

The cold snap so far

Map showing highest snowfall and lowest temperature
As of Friday, Altnaharra holds the prize for the lowest temperature during the current cold spell while Westgate in the Pennines has seen the most snow outside the Cairngorms.
1 in 10 people missed work on Monday and Tuesday
The Federation of Small Businesses says that one in 10 people missed work in the week because of the weather. The full cost to the economy remains to be seen but early estimates set the figure at 700m.
Graphic showing amount of grit used so far
With so much salt being used on the nation's roads to help keep the traffic moving there were fears that supplies could run out. To make it go further some local authorities began spreading grit more thinly.
Graphic showing amount of gas used so far
As temperatures plunged the demand for gas soared. On Thursday, the National Grid said that the previous record high of 449m cubic metres, set in January 2003, had been broken.
Graphic on school closures
As thousands of schools closed head teachers were accused of shutting up too readily by business leaders who feared lost work days with staff struggling to find child care. Few complaints were heard from students.
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