Freezing rain can quickly glaze an area with ice and leave roads and pavements in a dangerous condition, but fortunately it is relatively rare in the British Isles.
Climate change is causing other impacts upon our seas, including changes in fish distribution, with species like cod moving further northwards, and warmer water fish such as red mullet moving in from the south.
It was an icy start to the weekend as parts of the UK prepared to face blizzards, heavy snow and freezing rain. While amber warnings have been issued for parts of Scotland and the north of England and Midlands, many areas awoke to a frosty Friday.
Snow and ice are expected to create dangerous travelling conditions across large parts of Scotland this weekend.
Blizzards, heavy snow and freezing rain will hit the UK this weekend, bringing treacherous conditions for drivers and shoppers on one of the busiest weekends before Christmas.
Police have warned drivers of treacherous conditions on roads across Scotland after the Met Office upgraded a winter weather warning for the weekend.
Locals are bracing for freezing conditions this weekend as forecasters predicted "heavy snow and blizzards" across Scotland.
Forecasters have warned of snowfall across Tayside and Fife this weekend as freezing conditions arrive in Scotland.
The owner of high street fashion giant Zara has become the latest retailer to take a weather hit after the unusually warm autumn left it nursing lower-than-expected sales and profits.
Hundreds of Thames Water staff are walking the streets at night, listening for leaks, as the utility giant battles to make repairs after a year of extreme weather wreaked havoc.