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Colder than Moscow; Warning as winter grips Scotland.

Byline: Cordelia O'Neill

Parts of Scotland were set to be colder than Moscow tonight with temperatures plunging to minus 6C.

And forecasters warned there could be a big freeze in December as bad as those in 2009 and 2010.

The Met Office said high–speed winds over the Arctic could weaken or break down, leading to a long spell of low temperatures.

Most of Scotland was below freezing yesterday as hundreds of skiers hit the slopes at Cairngorm and The Lecht.

Both ski centres opened almost a week earlier than usual.

But football fell victim to the big freeze. The Scottish Cup fourth–round tie between Cowdenbeath and St Johnstone was cancelled after the pitch froze.

Temperatures of minus 3.8C were recorded in Crianlarich, Perthshire, and minus 3.2C in Eskdalemuir, in Dumfriesshire.

More than 400 people were on the slopes at Cairngorm, near Aviemore, where four inches of snow fell overnight.

There were almost 200 at the Lecht Ski Centre in Aberdeenshire, where the snow was almost six inches deep in places.

A yellow "Be Aware" severe weather warning was issued for all parts of Scotland except Strathclyde.

Temperatures are expected to pick up during the week, but dip again by Wednesday, with snow forecast in the north–east.

Ladbrokes are giving odds of 5–2 on a white Christmas in Edinburgh.

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SLIDE Sledge fun in Peebles

CRISP AND EVEN Crowds at Cairngorm ski centre as a train battles difficult conditions between Aviemore and Inverness

WHITE DELIGHT A boarder enjoys great conditions at Cairngorm
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Date:Dec 2, 2012
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