Snow to hit almost every part of the UK during 'coldest winter week'

Snow will fall in almost every part of the UK over the coming days, forecasters have warned, as bad weather brings widespread disruption.

Icy conditions are expected to make rush hour conditions treacherous as a blanket of freezing weather grips the UK.

Temperatures across the country plummeted once again overnight with northern parts most likely to wake up to disruption on Tuesday morning, the Met Office said.

The wintry conditions are expected to continue into the weekend and there are warnings that Britain could face unusually cold weather for the rest of the month – with this week predicted to be one of the coldest of the winter so far.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said: “There are indications of quite a prolonged cold period.”

The warnings follow forecasts that snow is set to fall in almost every part of the country in the coming days, with this week predicted to be one of the coldest of the winter so far.

The wintry conditions are expected to grip much more of the country by Tuesday evening, the Met Office said.

Kent Police said the “heavy snowfall” had led to treacherous conditions for drivers on Monday morning, leading to several crashes on the M20.

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Katesbridge, County Down, recorded the coldest conditions of -6C, followed by -5.6C in Altnaharra, northern Scotland, and -5.6C in Redesdale, Northumberland.

There were a number of accidents on the roads (Picture: PA)
There were a number of accidents on the roads (Picture: PA)

Snow showers left between 1cm and 2cm in Kent and Essex on Monday and are expected to get lighter in south-east England throughout the day.

Temperatures could sink as low as -11C in the Scottish Highlands on Wednesday night.

Mr Burkhill added: “As we go through the next 24 to 48 hours, it’s going to stay cold, and we are going to see some snow and pretty much anywhere in the country could see something.”

He added: “Across a big chunk of Scotland and Northern Ireland, where we have had snow overnight, that’s likely to then lead to some ice in time for morning rush hour tomorrow.

“Across northern parts of England and Wales we are likely to have some snow falling during morning rush hour, so that’s likely to cause some difficult driving conditions and there could also be some icy patches too.”

Almost all of Britain will be bathed in snow this week (Picture: PA)
Almost all of Britain will be bathed in snow this week (Picture: PA)

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Kent Police said two crashes took place in the space of one minute on Monday morning, at 8.29am and 8.30am between junctions eight and nine of the M20.

The first saw a car overturn, leaving one person with minor injuries, while across the carriageway a lorry and a van collided, flipping the van and injuring one passenger.

Police said conditions were poor on a wider part of the network.

“Be aware. Extra time. Allow space watch for changing road conditions. If you get stuck stay with your car leave engine running. If you are able, Low gear low revs keep moving,” the force tweeted.

Another yellow warning for ice has been issued covering the East Midlands, east and north-east England and Yorkshire and Humber.

Meanwhile another snow and ice weather warning has been issued for Wales, Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and northern England, beginning on Monday night from 8pm and continuing until 3pm on Tuesday.

And Eastern England can also expect disruption after the Met Office issued a yellow severe warning for snow and ice in the region.

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