Britain is braced for more wintery conditions this weekend after parts of the country saw the first significant snowfall of the season.
Snow fell on Friday morning across Kent, Sussex and Essex and the Met Office has said it may spread northwards.
Rain, sleet and snow is also expected across a broad swathe of Scotland and northern England. Up to 10cm of snowfall is being predicted in some areas.
Forecasters are also predicting the parts of the UK may see the coldest night of the year. Temperatures may dip to -10C in north west Scotland overnight, getting close to the previous coldest temperature this year of -10.2C, recorded at Balmoral, Scotland, in February.
Thursday’s coldest temperature was -5.9C in Kinbrace in Scotland’s Highlands while things stayed just above freezing in the south with 1.8C recorded in Charlwood, Surrey.
A Met Office weather warning for snow and heavy rain through to Friday at 10am was issued for the east of England plus London and the South East.
It warned of heavy rain and snow that could lead to tricky travel due to surface water and ‘possible slushy accumulations’.
It added: ‘In a few places 1-2cm of snow could accumulate, mainly on grassy surfaces over the North Downs and Chilterns.’
A number of yellow warnings for ice and snow are in place across large areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland and stretch down into North Yorkshire which suggest possible travel disruption.
Snow in parts of Scotland left motorists tackling difficult driving conditions while there were also reports of ‘thundersnow’ in some areas.
Police had to reassure people in Edinburgh after hundred reported being woken by explosions which were in fact the phenomena where thunder, lighting and heavy snowfall combine.
The Queensferry Crossing was closed to vehicles in both directions due to the weather, including falling ice and snow, while in the North East police warned of dangerous driving conditions on the A93 and the B993.
Rail passengers are also affected, with ScotRail warning of ‘significant disruption to services on multiple routes’ due to heavy snow.
Cornwall was also affected by heavy snow with police reporting ‘multiple crashes’ on Friday morning.
A warning, posted on Twitter, said: ‘Multiple RTC’s on the A30 around #GossMoor – people driving at totally inappropriate speeds.’
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern described early Friday as being that ‘awkward mixture of cold rain, sleet and falling snow’ for many areas of Britain.
The Met Office said the cold spell is expected to last through to Friday but that the weekend would see brighter weather and even some sunshine.
It added that temperatures going into next week would be lower than the average annual temperature, which is usually about 7-9C.
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