Four inches of snow fell on higher ground during Boxing Day

When the snow blew in at a canter: Four inches of the white stuff fell on higher ground during Boxing Day… creating a frosty winter wonderland

  • Parts of the country were last night transformed as snow fell in Scotland, Durham and Northumberland
  • Heavy flurries also visited Yorkshire and the Peak District, allowing some families to enjoy a spot of sledging
  • But temperatures are set to remain several degrees above the 8C (46F) average for the end of December

It isn’t quite how the lyrics go… but dreams of a white Boxing Day did come true yesterday.

Up to four inches of snow fell on high ground in the early hours as parts of the country were transformed into a frosty wonderland.

Heavy flurries visited southern Scotland, Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire and the Peak District, allowing families to enjoy a spot of sledging.

COUNTY DURHAM: A woman rides a horse near Castleside in County Durham yesterday, in picture-perfect snow-coated scenery

COUNTY DURHAM: Eva Simpson, 6, has fun sledging on a snow covered pathway in Dipton as parts of the country woke up to snow coating the ground

Sheep roaming around in a snow covered field in Guiseley, West Yorkshire. Parts of the country were transformed in a blanket of white overnight

Icy dip: Women in Santa hats in Ayr, south-west Scotland where swimmers take part in a charity Boxing Day swim in the frosty waters

Tomorrow will be breezy, with gusts of up to 40mph blowing rain showers away, and parts of the South will enjoy temperatures of 13C (55F). It will continue to get warmer towards the end of the week

One woman was spotted riding a horse in snow-blanketed woods in County Durham.

But the blizzards disrupted major roads in the North, including the M62 and A66, which had to be temporarily closed in the morning due to icy conditions.

Some drivers struggled to get going at all after their cars were left covered in thick snow.

Swimmers, some dressed up in Christmas gear, walk in the frosty waters as they take part in a charity Boxing Day swim at Ayr beach in Scotland

Two swimmers dressed up as a panda and a lobster splash in the cold waters of the North Sea as they take part in the annual Boxing Day dip at Redcar Beach

Two swimmers pose and wave as they brave the chilly North Sea at Seaburn, in South Tyneside as they go for a traditional Boxing Day dip

Early risers enjoy a traditional Boxing Day dip as they wade around in the freezing North Sea waters at Seaburn, South Tyneside

A group of excited swimmers dip into the North Sea at Seaburn, South Tyneside as they kick off Boxing Day with a splash 

 Friends in colourful swim suits, some wearing hats, pose as they brave the frosty waters and go for a Boxing Day dip in Perranporth, Cornwall 

However, the nippy weather was no match for daring swimmers at Perranporth Beach in Cornwall, and at Ayr, south-west Scotland.

Some wore jolly Santa hats and tinsel as they braved the icy sea.

By yesterday afternoon, much of the snow was thawing, the Met Office said, and milder air from the Atlantic ensured better temperatures than average for this time of year.

The front also brought rain, and heavy downpours in London caused some localised flooding to roads, including the A3 in New Malden.

COUNTY DURHAM: A woman in a blue coated walks her dog in Castleside, coated in white, as parts of the UK woke up to fresh snow

COUNTY DURHAM: A woman rides a horse through the snowy path near Castleside. Up to four inches of snow fell on high ground in the early hours as parts of the country were transformed into a frosty wonderland

COUNTY DURHAM: A young rider makes their way through the snowy scenery near Castleside. Heavy flurries visited southern Scotland, Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire and the Peak District, allowing families to enjoy a spot of sledging

COUNTY DURHAM: A man clearing the snow off his car near Castleside. Scotland will see the best of the weather today, with the rest of England and Wales staying wet as more rain heads north-east from Devon and Cornwall

COUNTY DURHAM: A man clears snow from the drive of his home in Tow Law. By yesterday afternoon, much of the snow was thawing, the Met Office said, and milder air from the Atlantic ensured better temperatures than average for this time of year

Scotland will see the best of the weather today, with the rest of England and Wales staying wet as more rain heads north-east from Devon and Cornwall.

Temperatures, however, are set to remain several degrees above the 8C (46F) average for the end of December.

Tomorrow will be breezy, with gusts of up to 40mph blowing rain showers away, and parts of the South will enjoy temperatures of 13C (55F). It will continue to get warmer towards the end of the week.

Sarah Kent, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: ‘It will feel quite mild for the time of year, especially in the South and West.’

The Met Office declared it an official White Christmas after two measuring stations in Scotland recorded snowfall on Christmas Day.

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