LONDON has been blanketed in snow for the first time this year as a big freeze grips the UK.
Snow came down thick and fast in the south east with flurries falling over the capital, and there are blizzards on the way across the UK.
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Snow flurries fall around two London bussesCredit: �2021 Martyn Wheatley / i-Images
Heavy snowfall in BristolCredit: PA:Press Association
Flakes fall at Oxford circus, LondonCredit: AFP or licensors
A group of pals push a car across one of London’s snow-covered roadsCredit: �2021 Martyn Wheatley / i-Images
A woman braves the cold as she takes her dog on a walk through a south west London parkCredit: London News Pictures
Snow hit the south east today
Cops patrol frosty Richmond park in west LondonCredit: London News Pictures
A whiteout is due to grip the nation until at least Wednesday, when more rain is likely to drench the country and spark further flood misery.
There are currently six yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in place across the UK.
Four warnings for a combination of snow, frost and slippery ice are scattered across the UK.
A snow and ice warning is in place for the south west of England, including Plymouth but excluding Cornwall.
A flurry of flakes enveloped Rgeent Street, LondonCredit: AFP or licensors
A statue of Winston Churchill was surrounded by flakesCredit: Reuters
Cyclists brave the white stuff in west LondonCredit: Louis Wood – The Sun
A jogger braves the flakes in LondonCredit: Louis Wood – The Sun
Another warning covers a huge chunk of the southeast including London, parts of Essex and Hertfordshire, Brighton and Kent, as well as eastern parts of Northern Ireland.
An ice warning is in place for the rest of Northern Ireland, including Derry.
Snow and ice is also forecast for the west and north of Scotland including parts of Glasgow.
The Midlands, most of Wales including Cardiff and parts of the south including Oxford and Bath are covered with a snow warning.
A Range Rover battles through snowy conditoins in WarwickshireCredit: PA:Press Association
A snow plow clears roads in Lickey End, WorcestershireCredit: Caters News Agency
A nurse battles her way through the snow on the way to work in BirminghamCredit: SnapperSK
Deer huddle together to avoid the flakes in Bushy Park, London Credit: London News Pictures
A cop car drives on snow-coated roads in Flintshire, north WalesCredit: Alamy Live News
A biker rides through the snow in Mossley, Greater ManchesterCredit: Cavendish Press
Weather charts show temperatures plummeting to -2C in London and much of the South East throughout today.
Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington said cold air from Iceland and the Arctic will bring with it “a mix of wintry hazards across the UK”.
He said: “In clearer conditions, overnight ice will remain a hazard, while a band of snow is likely to bring falls of 1-3cm quite widely across central areas of the UK, particularly the Cotswolds and higher ground in the East Midlands on Sunday.
“But snow outside these areas is also a potential hazard.”
Snow-covered streets seen in LondonCredit: London News Pictures
Glastonbury Tor was blanketeed in a thick coat of snowCredit: Splash News
Walkers at Windsor CastleCredit: ©Doug Seeburg/2021
A pooch frolicks in the snow as two women use an umbrella to protect themselves from the snwoy deluge at Windsor CastleCredit: ©Doug Seeburg/2021
A cyclist braves the snow on the Long Walk in WindsorCredit: ©Doug Seeburg/2021
A woman and her dog enjoy the wintry weather at Windsor CastleCredit: w8media
Snowy skies shroud Windsor CastleCredit: w8media
Walkers in Bristol brave the snowCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
According to the Met Office, a band of rain will cross the west of the south west of England on Sunday and turn to snow as it moves eastwards.
Up to 3cm of snow could settle, but areas of the country above 100m could see as much as 5-10cm. Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia could see as much as 15cm.
Meanwhile, people are being urged to heed flood warnings into the weekend, with the Environment Secretary warning of the possibility of more “challenges” in parts of England due to wet weather next week.
County Durham saw a smattering of snow after being blanketed in the stuff last yearCredit: Alamy Live News
Blizzards seen in BirminghamCredit: SnapperSK
Glorious pink and blue skys heeded the arrival of a thick layer of snow across the UK today, with this glorious vista captured in NorthamptonCredit: Alamy Live News
Trucks caught in Blizzards in GloucesterhsireCredit: Caters News Agency
Snow covered rooftops in CambridgeCredit: Cavendish Press
The Met Office today urged people to take care in the perilous conditions.
“Warnings have been updated so take care and stay #WeatherAware.”
In a follow-up tweet, forecaster Rowan said: “A band of snow, sleet and rain are pushing east across the country today.”
A somehwat misplaced ice cream van spotted in HighgateCredit: Gavin Rodgers/ Pixel8000
A brave ruinner talkes to the snowy streets of HighgateCredit: Gavin Rodgers/ Pixel8000
A womab braves the London blizzardsCredit: Gavin Rodgers/ Pixel8000
Two youngsters scamper through a snow-covered Clapham CommonCredit: Jam Press
Snow blanketed Clapham CommonCredit: Jam Press
Social media was flooded with snaps of snowy gardens, frozen ponds and wintry woodland.
But Chris Tubbs, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said wet weather is likely to return from the middle of next week.
He said: “Once the certainty increases about which areas are most likely to be affected by potentially heavy rain, we may need to issue further warnings, especially if next week’s rainfall is likely to compound the impacts from this week.”
It comes as two thousand homes in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, were evacuated and residents relocated to nearby leisure centres and hotels.
A massive sinkhole suddenly appeared in the road in Gorton, Manchester, bringing two homes crumbling to the ground.
And heavy rainfall prompted fears of a landslip in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire as a house was seen dangling on the edge of a bank on the River Colne.
A soon-to-be snowy sunrise over CambridgeshireCredit: � Terry Harris
Snow covered rooftops in Greater ManchesterCredit: PA:Press Association
Snowfall in CambridgeshireCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
Walkers in WindsorCredit: w8media
Heavy snow fell throughout the night in South WalesCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
West Berkshire was blanketed in snowCredit: KAM / BEEM
A woman takes a snowy stroll in WiltshireCredit: � Andrew Lloyd
Dorset’s streets were covered with snowCredit: ©Graham Hunt
Bournemoth’s countryside saw a smatteing of the white stuffCredit: Bournemouth News
A snowy street in West BerkshireCredit: KAM / BEEM
Snow covers a boat in West BerkshireCredit: KAM / BEEM
Wales was blanketed in snowCredit: Wales News Service
Thick snow fell across the CotswoldsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd