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Snow falls across the south

The Met Office has issued a warning for the south and south east of England to prepare for ice with further wintry showers.

Outbreaks of rain and sleet are expected today with possible snow on hills where a slight covering is possible.

More wintry showers will affect Kent overnight where some snow may settle on the North Downs.

The snow settles in Havant in Hampshire this morning Credit: Annette White
Snow settles in Botley in Oxfordshire Credit: Rachel Trafford
The outlook in Basingstoke in Hampshire this morning Credit: Vanessa West
A light dusting of snow in Tunbridge Wells in Kent Credit: Fiona Rich
Snow falls in Haslemere in Surrey Credit: Gaynor Ann Williams


Britain braces for blizzards, snow and strong winds

The Met Office said sleet and snow showers would affect parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland today, with snow falling to lower levels and extending further south through the day.

Britain braces for blizzards, snow and strong winds. Credit: PA

A very cold airmass will spread southwards across Scotland and Northern Ireland accompanied by strong winds, spreading southwards into northern England and north Wales later in the day.

Frequent showers are likely to form in this airmass, and with the cold air snow is likely to accumulate, even to low levels in places.

Periods of enhanced snowfall are possible within this general flow, perhaps more especially across the high ground of Scotland and north-east England, but these details are more uncertain.

– Met Office's chief forecaster Eddie Carroll

Drivers warned of icy roads as big freeze grips UK

Forecasters warn cold conditions across the UK will lead to ice on the roads. Credit: Drivers face difficult conditions

Motorists have been warned to expect difficult driving conditions as icy weather continues to grip the UK.

The Met Office has issued yellow 'be aware' warnings for ice across the entire country and snow across the Midlands, northern England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

With temperatures remaining low overnight, forecasters have warned that ice is likely to form on untreated road surfaces and more snow is expected on high ground, especially across Scotland.

Strong winds of up to 60mph are predicted in north-west Scotland, meaning blizzard conditions are likely, experts say.

There is the potential for disruption throughout this period due to the accumulating snow and ice but also with temporary blizzard conditions leading to very difficult driving conditions."

– Eddie Carroll, Met Office's chief forecaster

The Met Office said sleet and snow showers would affect parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland today, with snow falling to lower levels and extending further south through the day.


Van overturns and seven vehicles slide off road in icy conditions

A van overturned and seven vehicles slid off the road in Sussex this morning as motorists faced icy driving conditions.

Two men, both in their twenties, suffered arm and facial injuries and were taken to hospital after the accident on the northbound carriageway of the A24 between Ashington and Washington.

Low temperatures continue after coldest night of the year

Last night was officially the coldest night of the year so far with temperatures dropping as low as -11C in places, but forecasters warn that there may be more cold weather to come.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for icy conditions across the country including the North, Midlands and East Anglia, until midday on Thursday and MeteoGroup have predicted there could be snow tomorrow or Wednesday.

Tegg's Nose Reservoir, Langley near Macclesfield was covered in ice and snow yesterday Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A message on the Met Office website stated: "Large areas of England will experience colder than average conditions in the coming week, with widespread overnight frosts."

The coldest temperature measured last night was reportedly -11.2C at Loch Glascarnoch, in Scotland, which beats this year's previous record low of -9C on December 27, in Cromdale, Moray.

A mostly dry but very cold start to the week

After a frosty start, it will be mostly dry and sunny although localised fog could persist in some areas.

Some coastal fringes will see cloud with further wintry showers, especially in north-eastern England, although these will gradually ease.

It will remain cold throughout and very cold across snow cover.

Tonight, the sleet and snow will gradually spread into Northern Ireland, and perhaps other far western parts by dawn.

It will be very cold with clear spells elsewhere, with a hard frost and localised fog.

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