Snow and ice is expected to blight the UK for the next two days as January’s cold snap continues.
The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for almost every part of the country on Friday after revising its forecast to include more parts of southern England.
Many Brits woke up to freezing fog and icy conditions this morning with temperatures hitting lows of -10C in Scotland and -4C in England.
There will be little respite from the cold today with highs of only 5C expected as bands of snow, sleet and rain sweep southwards across England and Wales.
The Met Office said a more persistent spell of rain and hill snow is likely to move south across northern England and north Wales on Friday morning, before gradually moving into parts of central and southwest England and southeast Wales.
The combination of rain, sleet and snow falling onto already frozen surfaces will lead to icy conditions on the roads.
A snow plough makes its way through blizzard conditions in Gateshead this morning (Picture: North News & Pictures)
Parts of the North East were blanketed in snow this morning (Picture: North News & Pictures )
Although all of the UK is under strict ‘stay at home’ orders, meaning people should not travel without an essential reason, Brits are being warned of disruption to road and rail travel and the potential for hazardous driving conditions.
Freezing fog patches are expected in the north while snow is most likely to fall over the Pennines, parts of Wales and southwest England.
Residents in the North East have already woken up to a blanket of snow, which is particularly heavy in areas of County Durham and Northumberland.
There are heavy delays on the A1 and people are being urged to travel only if they absolutely have to.
Snow also fell across the Midlands, including in Warwickshire and Shropshire.
Temperatures plummeted to -10c on Thursday night (Picture: Met Office)
Snow and Ice warnings are in place in most pa
Meanwhile Thames Valley Police, which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, said: ‘Please take extra care when driving this morning as some roads could be icy.
‘If you’re driving this morning, please fully de-ice your car windows, adapt your driving to the conditions, keep well back from vehicles in front, and leave extra time for travel.’
It comes amid warnings that the Beast from the East, which brought 20cm of snow, a -15C freeze and ice in 2018, could return.
Meteorologists have warned that a dramatic stratospheric event currently unfolding above the North Pole will have severe weather implications.
People walk through the snow-covered St Nicholas’ Park, in Warwick (Picture: PA)
A snow covered scene near Mam Tor in Derbyshire (Picture: PA)
A cold snap, bringing weeks of plunging temperatures and snow in parts of the UK, has been predicted by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter.
It will ironically come from something known as a ‘sudden stratospheric warming’ (SSW) event that occurs when a sudden burst of heat seeps into the air currents above the polar region.
The ‘Beast from the East’ was a direct result of a SSW.
Back then, the event pushed frigid air from Siberia down into Europe.
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