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Motorists battle through blizzardy conditions in Birmingham during rush hour snowfall. (SWNS)

Britain hit by freezing temperatures as snow falls across the country

Will Metcalfe
Contributor

A band of wintry weather has brought hill snow and a risk of ice to large parts of the country.

Yellow warnings of ice are to remain in place across most of the United Kingdom throughout Tuesday morning as cold air moves in behind the rain.

Showers are forecast to continue to bring rain, sleet or snow at times as the day progresses, although significant flurries are expected to remain limited to higher ground.

Temperatures in London and Cardiff are expected to peak at 5C, while Birmingham will see highs of 3C and 2C in Edinburgh.

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”.

Some light snow was also seen down in south-east England as the wintry front moved through from the north-west.

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.”