TEMPERATURES are set to plunge to -10C today as snow showers and freezing fog trigger ice warnings.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice covering almost all of the UK throughout Thursday and Friday.
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Heavy snow in Allenheads in the North Pennines, NorthumberlandCredit: PA:Press Association
A pedestrian walks through foggy conditions near Bolton this morningCredit: Mercury Press
Weather warnings are in place for snow and ice until tomorrow
Freezing temperatures ranging from 0C in London to -10C in the Welsh valleys and Scottish mountains are predicted overnight, picking up to between 2-5C for most places in the daytime.
The treacherous and freezing conditions are set to last until about midday tomorrow.
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said the wintry weather will be brought on by a “bank of rain which readily turns to snow”.
It swept in from Scotland and Northern Ireland in the early hours, to England and Wales.
Ms Nasir said: “Watch out for some freezing fog patches (and) the risk of ice first thing.
“However, through the morning, we will see some brighter skies for southern parts of England and Wales.”
London saw some scattered snow this morning, with a few flakes falling at around 7am, leaving residents very excited.
One person tweeted: “Occasional snowflake here this morning. Very occasional, but it still counts.”
Snow is expected to cover a large swathe of the country by tomorrow
Londoners got excited when they saw some snowflakes this morning
A dog walker in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire as the country wakes to snowCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
A cross country skier passes the weather station at Loch GlascarnochCredit: Northpix
A photographer snapped a stunning sunrise over snowy fields in MorayCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Heavy snow covers Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the North PenninesCredit: PA:Press Association
A couple walk through the fog on a cold and frosty morning in Tatton Park, CheshireCredit: Mercury Press
Heavy snow in Allenheads in the North PenninesCredit: PA:Press Association
Heavy snowfall is expected in the northern half of Scotland today, with 1-2cm depth covering lowland areas, and up to 10cm expected to fall in areas higher than 300m above sea level.
The last Siberian weather front to be given the nickname hit in 2018 when snow blanketed large parts of Britain and temperatures plummeted to -10C.
As well as the Beast from the East, meteorologists are also tracking a La Nina in the Pacific, which could bring wet and stormy weather as it increases the UK’s chances of westerly winds.
Researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter have predicted an imminent sudden stratospheric warming over the North Pole, bringing severe consequences for jet stream and weather in the UK.
Ambulance services have urged people to plan their journeys ahead of setting off and to wrap up warm to ease pressures on emergency services.
The risk of icy weather and wintry showers is set to persist through Friday, with cloudier and milder weather moving in from the north and patches of sun across the country.
The Environment Agency has also issued four flood warnings for areas where flooding is likely, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kings Lynn, Peterborough, and by the River Derwent in North Yorkshire.
Some 30 alerts, for areas where flooding is possible, are also scattered across England.
There were no high water warnings in place for Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland on Wednesday night.
Paul Johnson wearing shorts clears car of snow in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
Heavy fog in Kidderminster this morning making conditions tricky for driversCredit: Alamy Live News
Snow covers the grounds surrounding Langley Castle Hotel near Haydon Bridge, NorthumberlandCredit: PA:Press Association