THUNDERSNOW has blanketed the UK in a -12C deep freeze as the country is set to face the coldest night of the winter.
The Met Office is warning of take extra care in the severe weather as thunder, snow, hail and “severe” ice caused widespread disruption across Britain.
A yellow warning for ice came into force at 4pm on Tuesday and continues until 11am on Wednesday, covering much of the country.
Travellers faced some disruption as roads were closed and flights delayed due to the icy conditions.
Six flights in and out of Manchester Airport have been cancelled and hundreds of passengers suffered delays.
Flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh from Stornoway Airport were delayed and three schools were shut in the Highlands due to the weather.
The freezing conditions are likely to wreak widespread disruption on roads, causing potentially severe delays for motorists.
Heavy snowfall on the Glenshane Pass in Northern Ireland[/caption]
Highways England warned motorists that it was snowing “quite heavy” on the M62 trans-Pennine route, where efforts were under way to keep the road open using ploughs and salt.
On the M6 snow caused the closure of the southbound entry sliproad at junction four overnight, although the road was reopened in the early hours.
Meanwhile a fleet of 32 gritters was out in south-west Scotland where Transerv described conditions as “baltic”.
Tonight BBC Weather has warned we could see “the coldest night of the winters so far”, with -12C expected to register in Braemar, Aberdeenshire.
Today temperatures will remain chilly, with temperatures in London and Cardiff expected to peak at 5C, while Birmingam will see highs of 3C and 2C in Edinburgh.
The South of England will also see considerable snow, sleet and rain come this evening.
Weather warnings for ice across most of the UK this morning will return this afternoon from 4pm right until tomorrow at midday.
Forecasters have warned of a risk of injuries from slips and falls from icy surfaces, and warned of longer journey times by road, bus and rail services.
5 day weather forecast
This evening and tonight:
This Evening and Tonight:
Evening showers will slowly clear from the southeast but continue in the west, bringing more snow to the hills and some low-lying areas. Central and eastern parts will be frosty, with icy patches where surfaces are wet from daytime showers.
After a frosty and icy start, Wednesday will be sunny and cold. A few showers are likely near northern, western and eastern coasts, including some snow in the north.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Cold Thursday, with cloud and rain moving in from the west. Cloudier with rain and hill snow at times on Friday. Turning colder again with wintry showers developing on Saturday.
Source: Met Office
Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans said: “Most of the country is in the colder and showery air. The snow is mainly on the hills, while for most places the showers are falling as rain and maybe a bit of sleet.
“We’ve got some ice warnings; the weather front that has gone through has left rain on the ground, so as the air temperatures start to drop ground temperatures will be below zero and that’s giving the risk of ice across most of the UK.
“So look out for any areas where the surfaces haven’t been treated. On untreated surfaces there’s a risk of slips and falls.
“There’s also a risk of some icy surfaces on any untreated roads.”
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