Flights have been grounded, roads blocked and schools closed today as whiteout Britain is gripped by a deep freeze – with temperatures expected to fall to -11C (12F) and ‘very significant snowfall’ still on the way.
Manchester Airport was closed until lunchtime as workers desperately tried to clear the runway of snow, with passengers complaining of ‘mayhem’ as people were stuck on planes and flights redirected to other airports.
Customers complained of a lack of updates on the situation, with one tweeting: ‘I’ll never understand why airports in Switzerland and Austria all cope with meters of snow and yet Manchester Airport shuts after 5cm of the stuff?’
Liverpool Airport also temporarily halted flights. The airports, which faced disruption despite warnings of snow by the Met Office, both insisted their airfield teams had worked through the night to try to keep the runways clear.
Some 115 schools were closed across Greater Manchester today, mostly due to the dangerous road and pavement conditions – including at least six in each of Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Stockport – plus another 11 in Staffordshire.
Various other schools have closed around the UK today. Much Woolton Catholic Primary School near Liverpool announced its snow day on Twitter, asking for ‘creative ideas’ to make the most of a blanket covering the grounds.
National Rail warned some train routes may need to run to an amended timetable if conditions worsen, with Southeastern already announcing it will implement an emergency timetable on Friday due to the bad weather.
An easyJet plane is deiced at Manchester Airport which has faced severe disruption due to the severe conditions
A car veered off the road in icy conditions near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, today as snow hits the South East of England
A woman clears the snow and ice from her car this morning in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, amid sub-zero conditions
A train at Hunt’s Cross station in Liverpool in the snow this morning as Britain braces for further severe weather conditions
Cars travel on an icy road near Sevenoaks in Kent today as significant snow hits the South East for the first time this winter
A beautiful sunrise behind snow-covered fields around Castle Hill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, this morning
A storm in France teamed with Arctic winds from the North Pole have led to flurries and sub-zero conditions in the UK, with Transport for London activating their cold weather strategy and running de-icing trains overnight.
A further weather system forecast to arrive tomorrow could break this winter’s current record low of -10.8C (12.6F) set on January 18 in Aberdeenshire, and bring up to 4in (10cm) of snow even to parts of southern England.
Where and when are the Met Office warnings?
NORTHERN SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND
Ice: 5pm today until 11am tomorrow
WESTERN ENGLAND & WALES
Ice: 6pm today until 10am tomorrow
SOUTHERN ENGLAND, MIDLANDS AND WALES
Snow and ice: 1pm tomorrow until 9pm Friday
EASTERN ENGLAND & SCOTLAND
Snow and ice: 6pm tomorrow until 12pm Friday
Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice covered most of the UK today, after the lowest temperature recorded overnight was -6.8C (20F) at Aonach Mor in the Highlands, followed by -6C (21F) at Topcliffe in North Yorkshire.
Snow fell overnight in London, but forecasters said the ‘messy’ nature of the weather front, which was a mixture of snow, sleet and rain, meant the problems it caused were ‘patchy’ and not as widespread as feared.
Londoners told of their sadness after waking up to no snow. One Twitter user said their wheelie bins had frozen shut, while another tweeted: ‘No snow in London but freezing. Does that count? Too cold to go to work?’
Another weather warning is in place for much of England and Wales from 1pm tomorrow until 9pm on Friday. The Met Office expects a second cold front with rain and snow to sweep from West to East.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said: ‘Our airfield team has been working through the night to keep the runways clear, which resulted in the day’s operations starting as planned.
‘However, as conditions worsened significantly this morning, we took the decision to temporarily close our runways. We continue to work to mitigate the challenging conditions and hope to minimise further impacts.
Customers complained of a lack of updates on the situation at Manchester Airport, with one tweeting: ‘I’ll never understand why airports in Switzerland and Austria all cope with meters of snow and yet Manchester airport shuts after 5cm of the stuff?’
‘However, the safety of our customers and staff is our number one concern and there is likely to be some disruption this morning.’
Two vehicles in a canyon after sliding off a road
Two vehicles ended up in a canyon after accidents on an isolated road in the Yorkshire Dales during snowfall.
The drivers of the cars – one of them a 4×4 – lost control while trying to get across the road between Settle and Kirkby Malham yesterday.
The photos were taken by mechanic Thomas Beresford, who said the road was ‘sheet ice underneath snow’.
The accidents happened between Settle and Kirkby Malham
Drivers on the Yorkshire Dales faced severe weather conditions
The photos were taken by mechanic Thomas Beresford
A Liverpool Airport spokesman said: ‘The runway closed at around 6am this morning due to heavy snow falls, however I’m pleased to report that it re-opened at 9.50am. Advice to passengers is to check with their airline regarding any delays.’
He added that workers had spent ‘all evening’ trying to keep the runway and taxi routes clear of snow, telling MailOnline: ‘It’s just an ongoing process when the snow comes down, then once its’s stopped it’s just a chase of clearing the runway and making sure it’s safe for operations.’
Driving conditions were described as ‘horrendous’ in Cornwall and Devon this morning as snow and ice caused at least 20 crashes. Some roads were impassable because lorries trying to climb uphill stretches could not move.
Cars were ‘lightweight’ by comparison and could get up the hills – but could not inch past the stricken lorries. An entire stretch of the A30 was blocked because of stranded lorries between Meldon and Sourton Cross.
Devon and Cornwall Police appealed in a tweet ‘Please drive carefully this morning, numerous accidents already. Not just snow, but hidden ice patches too. Please slow down and be alert.’
To add to the rush hour chaos, a crash involving a crane caused delays for commuters near Truro in Cornwall this morning. The collision was at around 7.10am on the A39 roundabout near a Tesco store, and fuel spilt on the road.
Journeys on the roads could take ‘a lot’ longer and should be avoided if possible, warned Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill.
Mr Burkill said: ‘Looking further ahead, it’s what happens on Thursday that has the potential to be more disruptive. It does have the potential to bring some very significant snow. We have already got a warning out in force for it.
‘It’s currently just a yellow warning, but it’s not out of the question that will be ramped up nearer the time. It’s looking like it will be a spell of persistent snow.’
The year’s record low, recorded in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on January 18 is also likely to be beaten. Benton, in Oxfordshire, and Santon Downham, Suffolk, are among parts of England which could be coldest.
A husky dog enjoys a walk on Camp Hill in Woolton, Liverpool, today as forecasters predict ‘very significant snowfall’
Morning fog floats through the valley at Tingwall on the Shetland Islands today after recent snowfall
Members of the public help push a slipping car up a hill during rush hour this morning in Altrincham, Cheshire
Clare Strode and her four-year-old son Alejandro enjoy sledging this morning on Camp Hill in Woolton, Liverpool
Snow showers drift in as dawn breaks today over a neolithic burial mound and ring of trees called Minninglow in Derbyshire
Eight-year-old Lottie Davies plays in the snow this morning in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Snowmen on the banks of the River Cam in Cambridge today, as Britain braces for further snowfall and sub-zero conditions
People enjoy sledging on Camp Hill in Woolton, Liverpool, today as forecasters predicted ‘very significant snowfall’ this week
‘I think Scotland will probably be the coldest place but it’s not out of the question we get into negative double figures in parts of England,’ Mr Burkill said.
Children enjoy snow day as hundreds of schools close across Britain
Snowfall and freezing temperatures has forced the closure of many schools across the country.
Thousands of children were granted a snow day after the wintry conditions set in on Tuesday night.
Many schools and headteachers took to social media to announce the closures, with some instructing pupils on how to access their homework. However, other tweets also told the youngsters to enjoy the weather.
Schools across Greater Manchester closed, as well as some in Liverpool, Sefton and St Helens. Other areas with closures included Lancashire, Cheshire, North Wales, and the Highlands.
Many local councils tweeted links to their websites outlining the schools that were not open.
Parents and carers wanting to check whether their child’s school was open were also able to do so through the Department for Education’s website. Upon entering their postcode they are directed to the council website, detailing all the closures.
Salford City Council, where at least 13 schools closed, listed their names alongside the reasons for them being shut. These include ‘staff unable to get to school safely’ and ‘pupil safety and staff unable to get into school’.
Tomorrow will start off ‘very cold’ as the weather system pushes eastwards from the South West. Areas of higher ground could get up to 4in (10cm) of snow.
‘It’s worth bearing in mind there will be some disruption, particularly to travel. If you’re heading out on the roads, be aware your journey will take a lot longer than normal,’ Mr Burkill added.
‘There’s an ice risk which is going to cause some problems so even if there is no snow it could be icy on the roads and pavement which people need to be aware of.’
Official Met Office figures for snowfall yesterday showed the worst-hit areas were Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire, with 4.3in (11cm), and Spadeadam, Cumbria, with 4in (10cm).
Councils have prepared for heavy snowfall, with more than 1.4million tonnes of salt stockpiled, the Local Government Association said.
A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council, where 12 schools had closed today, said: ‘All of our 40 gritters have been out – but do take extra care on the roads.’
And a spokesman for Bolton Council, where seven schools closed today, said this morning: ‘Care workers are carrying out home visits on foot this morning to make sure everyone is seen as planned.
‘We’re sorry, we’ve had to suspend waste and recycling collections today due to the adverse weather and the topography of the area.
‘We’ve been out gritting all our main routes four times overnight finishing at 5am and are currently out treating roads as needed.’
A man walks down a snow covered road in Speke, Liverpool, this morning as Britain braces for further sub-zero conditions
People walk through snow on the banks of the River Cam in Cambridge today amid the severe weather conditions
Two cars involved in a crash on a snowy road in Manchester this morning as severe conditions hit Britain
Flights at Manchester Airport are disrupted this morning following heavy snowfall in the area overnight
Bickerstaffe Church of England School in Lancashire tweeted this photograph today, saying that the school had been closed
Snow on cars in Liverpool today as forecasters predict temperatures to plunge to -11C in some parts of the country
Snow on the A6, causing dangerous driving conditions near Stockport in Greater Manchester
In Stockport, the council said: ‘Stockport schools will always try to stay open, however, closures and changes to opening times may occur due to a number of reasons, e.g. bad weather.’
Age UK is advising vulnerable and elderly Britons to stock up on medicines and ensure they have plenty of food at home.
The charity suggests keeping blankets, food and a shovel in the car, torches in case of a power cut and emergency numbers at hand.
Malcolm Booth, of the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, echoed the advice, saying: ‘It is very easy to get caught off-guard when cold weather sets in so it might be wise to stock up on basics so there is something warm to eat and will save having to venture out in the worst of the weather.’
‘It is easy to forget how traumatic a cold snap can be. It is important to keep warm, eat well and avoid going out in the worst conditions.’
One driver said it had taken him 45 minutes to travel a mile on his way home today from Manchester to Hackney, East London
One passenger stuck on an aircraft at Manchester Airport for four hours tweeted: ‘A man with a brush commences the sophisticated de-icing process’
Snowploughs today at Liverpool John Lennon Airport which has temporarily halted flights due to the severe weather
Snow covered daffodils in Liverpool are pictured today as Britain braces for ‘significant snowfall’ likely to cause travel chaos
A snow-covered morning for commuters in Mossley, Manchester, as the North West faces significant snowfall today
Yesterday, there was a blanket of snow on higher ground in Wales, the Peak District, Cumbria, the Scottish Highlands and the Pennines, and cars became stranded on roads near Aberystwyth.
Today, vehicles were stranded on the A38 between Whiddon Down and Okehampton on Dartmoor. Devon and Cornwall Police said there were more than 20 driving incidents in an hour yesterday morning – mostly in Devon.
Schools across North Wales were forced to close while police urged motorists to avoid Blaenau Ffestiniog due to the appalling conditions. A car overturned on the M6 near Shap in Cumbria, where the thick snow caused chaos.
Meanwhile, police in Scotland caught one motorist driving a snow-covered car with just a small square of windscreen cleared to see through – and the vehicle’s rear and side windows completely covered.
Pictures of the car were posted on social media by police before the driver was stopped in the Scottish Highlands and given a fixed penalty notice.
A man puts salt down on his drive in Woolton, Liverpool, this morning as Britain braces for further very cold conditions
Liverpool Airport temporarily halted flights this morning due to the severe weather that hit parts of Britain overnight
Snow in Lower Kingswood, Surrey, this morning as Britain wakes up to sub-zero temperatures in many areas
Two people walk along a snow covered road in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, this morning
Snow surrounds the statue of The Beatles in Liverpool today as forecasters predict ‘very significant snowfall’ this week
Snow ploughs at Liverpool John Lennon Airport today after it temporarily halted flights due to the severe weather
A low pressure system affecting France – named Storm Gabriel by the French – is sending moisture over Scotland, which turns to snow as soon as this hits the cold air flow.
Yesterday, thousands of motorists were held up as a blanket of snow arrived in time for the morning rush hour. The M77 was jammed from Ayrshire to Glasgow city centre as snow settled.
A pre-arranged wide load was escorted along the M8 – despite the yellow warning – resulting in tailbacks at Blackburn and Livingston, West Lothian.
At Kirk O’ Shotts, Lanarkshire – the highest point on the M8 between Glasgow and Edinburgh – an accident blocked one lane of the eastbound carriageway.
More than 300 pupils in the Highlands had a day off school due to the snow, with two secondaries and eight primaries closed. Farther south, schoolchildren in Lanark made their way to classes amid heavy snowfall.
Two people chose to ski to work in West Didsbury, Greater Manchester, this morning as the roads became dangerous for cars
A picture postcard scene of snow on the ground in the Cheshire village of Disley on the edge of the Peak District this morning
‘Snow 2019’ is written on a vehicle in Liverpool this morning as forecasters expect further snowfall later this week
Snow is seen over buildings in Manchester this morning after the city experienced heavy snowfall overnight
Snow falls this morning in the Monton Green area of Salford, Greater Manchester
Highways England posted this picture of snow on a main road in the North West as it urged drivers to ‘take exta care’
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School closures across Britain amid severe weather
Some 115 schools were closed across Greater Manchester due to the severe weather today – including at least six in each of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Stockport and Rochdale – plus another 11 in Staffordshire. Here is the full list:
Alderley Edge School for Girls
Arches Primary School, Blacon
Chelford CE Primary School
Dorin Park School, Chester
Kettleshulme St James’ CE Primary School
Mobberley CE Primary School
Park Lane School, Macclesfield
Poynton High School
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School
The Macclesfield Academy
Wilmslow High School
Wood Memorial Primary School, Saltney
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Saltney
Falinge Park High School
St Cuthbert’s RC
Holy Trinity CE School
St Gabriel’s CE School
Hopwood Hall College
Castleton Children’s Centre
Deeplish Children’s Centre
Crompton House Church of England School
Christ Church CE
Darul Hadis Latifah Northwest
Bramhall High School
Marple Hall School
Castle Hill High School
St James’ High School
St Anne’s RC High School
Laurus Cheadle Hulme
St Anne’s PE
Cheadle Hulme High
Green Bank Prep
Banks Lane Infants
Harrytown Catholic High School
Elton High School, Bury
Spring Lane School
Hazel Grove High School
Holy Cross College
Gorsefield Primary School
Woodhey High School
St Andrews Primary School
St Joseph’s Primary School
Holcombe Brooke Primary
Sunny Bank Primary School
Peel Brow Primary School
Hazlehurst Primary School
Stubbins Primary School
St Monica’s RC High School
Reddish Vale High School
Ribble Drive Primary
Sunny Bank Primary
Abraham Moss School
Manchester Grammar School
Withington Girls’ School
West Didsbury CE School
Manchester High School for Girls
Manchester Vocational and Learning Academy
Plymouth Grove Primary School
William Hulme’s Grammar School
St Barnabas CE
Manchester Enterprise Academy
Cedar Mount Academy
St Peter’s RC High School
Melland High School
Connell Sixth Form College
St James Primary
Loreto High School
Newall Green Primary School
Saint Paul’s Catholic High School
Bridgelea Primary School (both Withington and Longsight sites)
Ladybridge High School
Beacon Primary School
Horwich Parish CE
Personal Learning Centre
Flixton Girls School
St James and Emmanuel
Altrincham College of Arts
Acre Hall Primary
Lime Tree Academy
Altrincham Girls Grammar
Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College
Ashton-on-Mersey High School
Seymour Park CPS
Alder Community High
All Saints CC
Russell Scott Primary
Clarendon Sixth Form College
Fred Longworth High School
Alder Brook Primary Partnership Centre
Chatsworth High School
Harrop Fold School
St Mary’s CE
St Paul’s Peel CE
Salford City Academy
The Clifton Centre PRU
Chatworth High School
Brindle St James’ Church of England Primary School
Buckshaw Primary School
Alder Grange School
All Saints’ Catholic High School
Bacup Britannia Community Primary School
Bacup Holy Trinity Stacksteads Church of England Primary School
Bacup St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School
Balladen Community Primary School
Crawshawbooth Primary School
Fearns Community Sports College
Haslingden Hillside Nursery School
Haslingden Primary School
Haslingden St James Church of England Primary School
Sharneyford Primary School
St James-the-Less Roman Catholic Primary School. Rawtenstall
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School. Haslingden
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School, Rawtenstall
Stubbins Primary School
Water Primary School
Waterfoot Primary School
Whitworth Community High School
Bickerstaffe Voluntary Controlled Church of England School
Bishop Martin Church of England Primary School
Brookfield Park Primary School
Cobbs Brow School
Highfield Primary School
Mayfield Specialist School
Hyndburn & Ribble Valley
Accrington Green Haworth Church of England Primary School
Accrington St Mary Magdalen’s Church of England Primary School
Accrington St Peter’s Church of England Primary School
Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School
St Oswald’s Roman Catholic Primary School. Accrington
Crawford Village Primary School
Dalton St Michael’s Church of England Primary School
Delph Side Community Primary School
Hillside Community Primary School
Hope High School
Kingsbury Primary School- full school closed
Skelmersdale Trinity Church of England/Methodist Primary School
St Bede’s Catholic High School, Ormskirk – a Spec Arts College
St John’s Catholic Primary School. Skelmersdale
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School. Up Holland
St Thomas the Martyr Church of England Primary School
The Acorns School
West Lancashire Community High School
Dove Bank Primary School
St. Edward’s CofE Academy, Cheddleton
Blackshaw Moor CE(VC) First School
The Meadows Special School
St. Bartholomew’s CE(VC) Primary School, Longnor
Rushton CE(VC) Primary School
Blackfriars Academy, Newcastle
St Michael’s CofE (C) First School, Horton
Horton Lodge Community Special School
St. Anne’s CE(VC) Primary School, Brown Edge
Abbot’s Lea School
Lathom High School
Woolton High School
Clifford Holroyde Specialist SEN College
St Bedes High School
Millstead Primary School
Croxteth Community Primary School
Auchtertyre Primary Nursery
Bonar Bridge Nursery – EM
Bonar Bridge Primary
Broadford Nursery – EM
Bualnaluib Primary Nursery
Bun-sgoil Shleite – GM Nursery
Carbost Primary Nursery
Dunvegan Nursery – GM
Farr High School
Farr Primary (Suth)
Farr Primary Nursery (Suth)
Glenelg Primary Nursery
Kilmuir Primary Nursery – GM
Kinlochbervie High School
Kinlochewe Primary Nursery
Lairg Primary Nursery
Loch Duich Primary
Macdiarmid Primary Nursery
Melvich Primary Nursery
Plockton High School
Poolewe Primary Nursery
Shieldaig Primary Nursery
Staffin Primary Nursery – GM
Elfed High School, Buckley
Southdown Primary School, Buckley
Ysgol Bro Carmel
Drury Primary School
Nannerch V.C. Primary School
Ysgol Maes Y Felin in Holywell
Mountain Lane Primary School in Buckley
Lixwm Primary School
St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School in Flint
Northop Hall C.P. School
Ysgol Terrig, Treuddyn
Alun School, Mold
Cornist Park School in Flint
Ysgol Parc y Llan in Treuddyn
St John the Baptist Church in Wales VA school
Ysgol Yr Escob in Caerwys
Castell Alun High School in Hope
St Marys Nercwys
Ysgol y Llan in Whitford
Ysgol Croes Atti in Flint
Wepre Primary School in Connah’s Quay
Ysgol Estyn in Hope
St David’s High School
Flint High School
Ysgol Croes Atti in Flint
Ysgol y Waun in Gwernaffield
Ysgol Gymraeg Glanrafon in Mold
Connah’s Quay High School
Gwenymynydd CP School
Argoed High School
Westwood Community Primary School, Buckley
St Davids Catholic Primary School, Mold
Broughton Primary School
Ysgol Merllyn in Bagillt
Ysgol Derwenfa in Leeswood
Sychdyn Primary School
Wood Memorial CP School, Saltney
Ysgol Rhos Helyg in Rhosesmor
Abermorddu CP School
Ysgol Owen Jones in Northop
The Learning Centre PRU in Shotton
Hawarden High School
Ysgol Pen Coch in Flint
Ysgol Maes Garmon in Mold
St Anthonys Catholic Primary School in Saltney
St Marys Catholic Primary School in Flint
Ysgol Bryn Coch in Mold
St Winefrides Catholic Primary School in Holywell
Saltney Ferry CP School
Bryn Deva in Connah’s Quay
Ysgol Cae’r Nant in Connah’s Quay
Ysgol Gwenffrwd in Holywell
Ysgol Mynydd Isa
Ysgol Bryn Pennant
Gwynedd Primary School in Flint
Queensferry Primary School
Ysgol Maesglas in Greenfield
Hawarden Village Church School
Penalarg Primary School in Hawarden
Bryn Gwalia in Mold
Derwen Foundation Primary School in Mold
Bryn Tirion Unit
Ewloe Green CP School
Minera VA School
Pentre Voluntary Controlled School in Chirk
Froncysyllte CP School
Rhosnesni High School in Wrexham
St Josephs Catholic and Anglican High School
Bwlchgwyn CP School
St Marys Catholic Primary
Alexandra CP School
Ysgol Bryn Tabor in Coedpoeth
Park Community Primary School in Llay
Darland High School in Rossett
St Christopher’s School
Tanyfron CP in Southsea
St Paul’s VA Primary School in Isycoed
Ysgol y Grango in Rhos
Acton Park Community Primary, Wrexham
St Mary’s Aided school in Brymbo
Ysgol Bro Famau in Llanarmon yn Ial
Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog
Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl
Ysgol Betws Gwerfil Goch
Ysgol Pant Pastynog in Prion
Ysgol Plas Cefndy
Ysgol Twm o’r Nant in Denbigh
Blessed Edward Jones R.C. High School in Rhyl is partially closed
Ysgol Plas Cefndy is partially closed
Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh is partially closed
Canolfan Addysg Penmaenrhos Education Centre
Ysgol Bro Idris in Dolgellau
Ysgol Babanod Coedmawr in Bangor
Ysgol Glanadda in Bangor
Ysgol Edmwnd Prys in Gellilydan
Ysgol Bro Cynfal in Llan Ffestiniog
Ysgol Glancegin in Bangor
Ysgol Bodfeurig in Sling
Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen in Bethesda
Ysgol Tanygrisiau in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Ysgol Penybryn in Bethesda
Ysgol Babanod Abercaseg in Bethesda
Ysgol Y Moelwyn in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Ysgol Bro Hedd Wyn in Trawsfynydd
Ysgol Maenofferen in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Ysgol Hirael in Bangor is partially closed
Ysgol Bro Llifon is partially closed
Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn in Bala
Ysgol Bro Tryweryn in Bala
Ysgol Y Berwyn in Bala
Snow show in the capital! Londoners moan of frozen wheelie bins and chilly start after blizzards skip the big city but leave parts of UK coated in white
With a severe weather warning in place across London last night, there was a good chance that the capital might have had its first significant snow in a year.
But these hopes were dashed as Londoners woke up this morning to a distinct lack of the white stuff – despite a frosty start after the occasional flurry overnight.
One Twitter user said their wheelie bins had frozen shut, while another tweeted: ‘No snow in London but freezing. Does that count? Too cold to go to work?’
A further social media user posted a picture of a snowless train platform this morning, saying: ‘So much for London snow – I feel robbed of a snow day!’
Another Londoner posted a picture of his cut knee after an accident on his bicycle during a morning ride today, saying: ‘They didn’t bother gritting the cycle lanes.’
Snow flurries had been forecast for London, which was within a Met Office severe yellow warning area overnight, but they had not been expected to settle.
Forecasters said the ‘messy’ weather front – a mixture of snow, sleet and rain – meant the problems it caused were ‘patchy’ and not as widespread as feared.
But there will be a further chance of snow disruption from tomorrow night when London is again under a Met Office weather warning for severe conditions.
Snow-way I’m going out there! Cute bunny shelters from cold in adorable photo – as MailOnline readers share their Whiteout Wednesday snaps
It’s been the first significant snowfall of winter for many parts of Britain.
And MailOnline readers were out in force today taking pictures of the wintry scenes across the country as many parts faced dangerous travel conditions.
Others took pictures of their pets investigating the snow as the country braced for further snowfall over the next two days amid possible -11C (12F) temperatures.
Snowfall brought Manchester and Liverpool airports to a standstill this morning as many schools in the cities closed their doors owing to the harsh conditions.
Gritters worked to clear roads across the North West as commuters were warned over tricky conditions and long delays by Highways England.
The disruption is set to deepen with a weather system arriving from the south west and pushing north tomorrow. The next warnings are in place from 3pm.
Rufus the rabbit hides from the snow in Matlock, Derbyshire, in this photo from Karen Fry
Islay Stoutjesdyk’s dog Daisy enjoys the sprinkling of snow this morning in Lynsted, Kent
Lucy Hall was stuck on a plane at Manchester Airport for four hours. She captioned this photo by saying: ‘A man with a brush commences the sophisticated de-icing process’
Snow in Lower Kingswood, Surrey, today as Britain wakes up to a blanket of the white stuff
Freya enjoys the snow with her dog Nahla in Manchester, in a picture taken by Ruth Doughlas
Snow in Nantwich, Cheshire, was enough to build a snowman, in this photo by Willow Mink
Nikitta Levick’s dog looks inside after walking on the snow in Wigan, Greater Manchester
MailOnline reader Damian Rooney took this photo of snow on the ground in Winsford, Cheshire
Justin Daniel said it had taken him 45 minutes to travel a mile as he drove from Manchester to Hackney, East London
Toni Hutchinson took this photo of snow in the Norden area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Snow early this morning in Blandford Forum, Dorset, was photographed by Paula Harding
One reader photographed snow in the village of High Lane in Stockport, Greater Manchester
Nick Jager took a picture of snow today outside the Travelodge hotel in Norwich, Norfolk
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