A red ‘extreme’ weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for parts of the country as the ‘Beast from the East’ continues to wreck havoc around the UK.
Thousands of schools have shut for a fourth day this week, motorway traffic jams left drivers stranded for hours on the M20 and the National Grid has warned the UK will not have enough gas to meet demand on Thursday.
Temperatures dipped as low as minus 10.3C in Moray, Scotland, last night.
Parts of the UK are set to feel colder than the Arctic Circle with temperatures hitting -15c as the week draws to an end.
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Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said temperatures of -8C are expected widely across the rest of the country.
Mr Bowles said: ‘We haven’t had temperatures that low in late February since 2013. It’s not unheard of. There are records that are lower than that.
‘We refer to March 1 as being the first day of spring and of course March 1 will be right in the middle of this cold spell, so spring will be postponed for a couple of weeks, shall we say.’
General view of the Roundhay Park in Leeds as it covered in snow and ice. The Met Office has predicted that there will be light snow over the city in the early part of the morning before changing to a forecast of snow around 8am. Getty)
Snow blankets the Market Square in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, as another day of sub-zero temperatures, gale-force icy winds and blizzard-like conditions is expected. (Getty)
The M876 to Glasgow is closed due to snow as storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looks poised to meet the Beast from the East’s chilly Russia air – causing further widespread snowfall and bitter temperatures. (Getty)
People going sledging in snowy conditions in Larbert, near Falkirk. (Getty)
A women skis in a park in Glasgow following heavy snowfall. Fresh heavy snowfalls and icy blizzards were expected to lash Europe Thursday as the region shivers in a deadly deep-freeze that has gripped countries from the far north to the Mediterranean south. (Getty)
Commuters walk to work along empty streets in Glasgow, where flights have been cancelled and trains delayed due to the weather conditions. (Getty)
General view of the Roundhay Park in Leeds as it covered in snow and ice. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’ brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Getty Images)
A man clears snow from pavements along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Weather warnings for snow are still in place with northern England and Scotland set to be hit the hardest. (PA)
The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square has been hit with heavy snow fall in central London. (Rex)
A woman feeds the ducks on the Forth and Clyde canal in Helix Park, Falkirk, as heavy snow has caused more misery for travellers overnight, with the wintry weather disruption set to continue during the morning rush hour. (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Traffic is reduced to one lane in the snow on the M9 in Co. Kildare. Around 4,000 gritters are taking on the freezing weather and drivers are being urged to ask themselves if their journeys are ‘really necessary’. (PA)
Public transport around London has faced disruptions and cancellations across the Tubes and bus services. (Chris Parsons/Yahoo News UK)
Train passes through Kent near Maidstone during a snowstorm on it’s way to London Terminus. Rail travellers have also been warned of cancellations and delays to services operated by TfL Rail, London Overground, c2c, Southeastern, Greater Anglia, Virgin Trains, Southern, South Western Railway and ScotRail. (Rex)
Heavy snow falls on the tarmac of the Glasgow Airport in Glasgow. (Allan Barr Twitter @allanbarr/via Reuters)
A woman walks over Blythe Hill in south London. Britain, which is buffered by the Atlantic Ocean and tends to have temperate winters, saw heavy snow in some areas that disrupted road, rail and air travel and forced hundreds of schools to close. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
A couple walk their dog through the snow and past the bandstand in Southwark Park in south London. Britons in the south-east and London woke to a thick and freezing blanket of snow this morning after a flurry fell overnight. (AP Photo/Tony Hicks)
Otta the Dalmation dog sits in the fallen snow in Dublin.The Met Office is warning between 5cm and 10cm of snow could fall in places, with up to 15cm in areas where showers are most frequent. (Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
Snow surrounds primroses in Westgate Gardens in the historic city of Canterbury, in Kent, south east England. The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ snow storm arrived in the Britain Monday and will continue on for the next few days as it chills most of Europe. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Pedestrians cross Whitehall as snow falls in London.A warning of heavy snow showers is in place for east England, London and the south-east, and the Midlands until 10am. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Vehicles crawl along a road as snow falls in southeast England, as seen through the window of a train travelling from London to Canterbury. The Met Office said: ‘Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow and severe wind chill, while lightning could be an additional hazard, particularly near coasts.’ (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Two women take photos in the snow in St James’s Park in London. The wintry weather, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’ has intensified with lows of -10C (14F). (Reuters/Peter Summers)
Stationary traffic stands on the M20 near Ashford, Kent, southeast England following overnight snowfall which has caused disruption across Britain. Roads across Britain have already seen a good covering snow, with police forces reporting treacherous driving conditions and blocked routes. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
Trees stand after snow covered the landscape in southeast England.Public transport remains widely affected, with many rail operators reporting that disruption will continue throughout Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Dozens of schools have been forced to closed because of snow and freezing temperatures. (PA)
Lincolnshire Police tweeted that they were already dealing with five collisions by 6.30am on Tuesday morning and said roads were ‘particularly hazardous’. (PA)
The cold conditions are expected to continue. (PA)
Police forces across the UK have recorded a number of crashes on the roads as driving conditions worsen. (PA)
Heavy showers are expected to continue throughout the morning. (PA)
Temperatures dropped to minus 6 in some parts of the country. (PA)
Trains have faced delays and cancellations across the UK as heavy snow disrupts schedules. (PA)
Forecasters are predicting up to 10cm (4in) of snow will fall for most areas of the UK, with up to 40cm (15in) possible for higher grounds in Scotland. (PA)
A snowy Tynemouth beach, following heavy overnight snowfall on Monday night which has caused disruption across Britain. (PA)
Alderney in the normally temperate Channel Islands woke up to a rare blanket of snow. (PA)
An ambulance drives through the snow in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, following heavy overnight snowfall. (PA)
A high street has a covering of snow in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. (PA)
The Met Office said several centimetres of snow had fallen in some parts over Monday night – with 1cm in Kent by 5am. (PA)
Highways England said the M20 in Kent had become blocked by a number of stranded lorries overnight. (PA)
Amber warnings for snow are in place for the South East and North East of England until midday. (PA)
The shoreline waters at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset froze over as the Beast from the East moved in. Ian, 48, said: ‘I was out walking along the seafront with my partner Calin and we could see a long white line at the high water line. (SWNS)
Ian said: ‘We were amazed to discover that there was a long swathe of ice crystals built up on the sand where the tide had come in overnight and frozen.’