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Snow puts Christmas deliveries in doubt.

Summary: Bad weather means millions of Christmas gifts are stacking up in warehouses and might not be delivered in time for the big day.

Millions of Christmas gifts are stacking up in warehouses and might not be delivered in time for the big day, a haulage expert has said.

A backlog of more than four million parcels has built up as private carriers battle to overcome the 'bottleneck' in the system caused by the snow and ice.

Today, Simon Veale, director of Global Freight Solutions, said there was a chance "Father Christmas won't be coming" to certain parts of the country.

Britain is facing another onslaught of Arctic weather with airports, rail companies and breakdown services putting extra snow teams on standby.

Temperatures are expected to plunge below freezing overnight, causing icy roads across most of the UK in the morning.

Forecasters warned there could be up to 15cm (6in) of snow and bitter temperatures going into next week at least.

Julian Mayes, senior forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "We're basically looking at potential icy conditions spreading down from the north so the emphasis is on icy roads following rain.

"What we're going to find is snow showers begining to move eastwards. Going into Saturday morning, a larger area of snow is going to develop and begin to move east.

"In the early hours of Saturday morning, it will be snowing over quite a large bit of Britain and we could be seeing some appreciable snow quite widely.

"Night-time temperatures will fall to minus 5C (23F) in southern England and minus 10C (14F) in Scotland. Quite a few places may be starting below minus 10C (14F).

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Date:Dec 17, 2010
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