Britain faces a three-week chill with temperatures set to drop to -12C, and experts warning the freeze could claim 40,000 lives.  Forecasters believe we’re facing the coldest December since 2010’s Big Freeze, which saw transport networks grind to a halt as snow caused chaos across the country. Health chiefs have now issued a warning ahead of the prolonged cold spell, calling on the public to check on those who

may be at risk. Bookmakers have slashed the odds of a White Christmas, and heavy snow is expected in the north and as far south as Essex and London. Britain risks a re-run of some of December’s 2010’s mayhem – with forecast snow and ice meaning some roads are set to be impassable, trains halted, planes risking cancellations and football matches facing being frozen off. READ MORE