Weather warnings have been issued across the UK this morning, after icy blasts and snow returned with a vengeance as police warn of treacherous driving conditions.
Forecasters warned of sleet and snow for upland areas and lower ground in the early hours of Thursday morning across central and northern England and Wales.
The Met Office warning, which covers the East Midlands, North West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and Wales, was issued just after midnight and runs until 11am on Thursday.
In North Wales, police said that snow was ‘coming down quite hard’ and warned motorists to take extra care.
The Met Office said that up to 10cm of snow was expected on higher ground, although much lower ground was unlikely to experience any.
In Northern Ireland, a yellow ice warning has also been issued – with forecasters warning of hazardous slippy patches across the roads.
The latest snow blast comes only a week after the Beast from the East and Storm Emma which brought a deep cold snap and snow and ice last week.
Many water companies say they have finally restored supplies to most customers after days of weather-related problems, which left thousands of homes in southern England without their supply.
UK government ministers have also announced a review into how water firms handled last week’s bad weather.
It is also expected that the snow will result in chaos for commuters across the UK who will be forced to mount treacherous journeys to work.
School closures have also been announced, with 120 schools in Wales online shutting their doors in light of the potentially hazardous weather.