In the SNOW lane: Up to four inches of the white stuff fell overnight as far south as London threatening chaos on the roads and rails with ’15 breakdowns expected every minute’ – and two days of rain to follow
- Met Office issued severe weather warnings for snow and ice from Shetland Islands to London and south east
- Snow covered Chiltern Hills and the Cotswolds with up to four inches predicted for higher ground elsewhere
- London got light coating of snow, while Derbyshire, Wales, Northumberland and Co Durham were covered
- Comes after River Severn burst its banks and communities along the water were thrown into crisis by floods
- Environment Secretary George Eustice today inspected flood defences during a visit to Ironbridge
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Britons are battling another day of weather misery after snow fell over large swathes of the country and caused travel chaos this morning.
Four inches of snow fell on high ground overnight, with households as far south as London affected by wintery storms today.
People awoke to their cars, gardens and entire streets covered in a carpet of white from the Shetland Islands north of Scotland to the Home Counties.
Greater Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, the Cotswolds and the Chiltern Hills were the worst-hit by snow in England, while Glasgow got a considerable covering in Scotland and County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
Roadside recovery company Green Flag is bracing itself for 15 weather-related breakdown call outs every minute between today and Sunday, predicting a total of 85,000 across the weekend.
The snow will be short-lived and turn to rain and sleet by this afternoon, with yellow warnings of another 2.5inches of rain in place for the north of England and large parts of Wales on Friday and Saturday.
Forecasters have issued another warning for 60mph winds across much of England, Wales, some parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland on both Saturday and Saturday, with 70mph threatening to batter coastal areas.
It came as Environment Secretary George Eustice was today seen visiting Ironbridge in Shropshire to inspect local flood defences.
Snow storm: The Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire are among the worst-hit by snow this morning. Pictured: Stokenchurch
A squirrel sits shivering on a garden fence in Hemel Hempstead, Herfordshire this morning where more than inch of snow fell
A man battles freezing conditions in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire in the early hours of this morning to take his dogs out
The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for snow and ice today from the Shetland Islands in the north, Northern Ireland in the west and London in the south. The warnings (pictured left) are in place until between 10am and 12pm on Thursday. On Friday snow and sleet will turn to rain for parts of northern England and Wales, with a yellow rain warning in place from 12am on Friday to 9am (pictured right)
A huge yellow weather warning for wind covers large parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday (left) and Sunday (right). There are also rain warnings for the north of England and Wales on Saturday (left)
Higher parts of London even got a thin blanket of snow this morning, with these dog walkers making the most of it on Hampstead Heath
A woman is seen braving snow and sleet in east London this morning (right), protected by an umbrella that says: ‘I love rain’, while joggers experience a thin layer of snow on the ground over Hampstead Heath, north of the capital today (left)
Environment Secretary George Eustice was today seen visiting Ironbridge in Shropshire and inspecting local flood defences
It comes after unprecedented rainfall caused flood defences to buckle along the River Severn, with Britain already experiencing 200 per cent of its normal February rainfall, with four more days of the month set to go.
Earlier this month vulnerable riverside communities in Wales, West Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire had to battle two storms in a week.
Residents were evacuated from the Ironbridge Gore yesterday after flood defences were unable to cope with further rainfall.
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Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist Met Office meteorologist said of the snow: ‘The flow of cold air over the UK will lead to heavy, wintry showers and icy conditions overnight.
‘From 10pm Wednesday until 10am on Thursday there is a Met Office Yellow warning for snow & ice for most of the UK north of a line from the central Wales to the Wash, except north-east England and eastern Scotland.
‘A low-pressure system moving in to the South West from the Atlantic overnight will bring a further period of rain to southern England.
‘As this system encounters the cold air further north over the UK, there is a risk of snow along this boundary and we have issued a Yellow warning north of the M4 corridor from central Wales, parts of the Midlands and East Anglia.
Cars are pictured trudging along snowy roads in Cambridge on Thursday morning amid yellow weather warnings
Heavy snow fell over Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire, overnight, where residents woke up to wintery conditions
A Met Office graphic shows the areas most affected by snow as Britain wakes up on Thursday
An aerial view of the village of Allenheads in Northumberland shows it covered in a thick carpet of white on Thursday morning
A train is pictured battling wintery conditions in Mossley, Greater Manchester, where there was thick snowfall overnight
A car is pictured crashed into the side of the road after it swerved on black ice in Allenheads, Northumberland on Thursday
A BMW driver falls foul of snowy and icy conditions in Woodhead, Derbyshire this morning, with police forced to cordon the vehicle off
‘Snowfall up to 5cm (two inches) is possible over higher ground in South Wales, with 1-3cm (0.3 to one inch) possible over the Cotswolds and the Chilterns.
‘It is possible that rain may briefly turn to sleet or snow over lower ground across the Midlands, East Anglia and areas north of London, although accumulations here are likely to be small.’
Rain, sleet and snow will quickly clear eastwards by late morning and any snow at lower levels will soon thaw.
On Friday and Saturday the forecast remains distinctly unsettled with Yellow rain warnings in force for most of Wales and parts of northern England.
The Met Office has issued a number of yellow wind warnings for the weekend, covering a huge amount of Britain and lasting from 12am on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday.
Gusts of between 50 and 60mph are expected across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with coastal areas, including Northern Ireland risking speeds of up to 70mph.
Snow covers Groverake Mine in Rookhope, County Durham on Thursday
Snow turned this house in Carrshields, Northumberland into a picture-perfect winter scene on Thursday morning
Snow made The Allenheads Inn in Allenheads, Northumberland a picture-perfect scene on Thursday morning
Snow is pictured blanketing fields in Wardlow, Derbyshire yesterday, amid yellow weather warnings for snow and ice across the country
There was also snow around Pen y Fan mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, yesterday
Good Morning Britain’s Andi Peters was reporting live from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, where snow covered the ground
Mr Gundersen added: ‘Within these warning areas 40-60mm of rain is possible on the highest ground with 15-30mm likely more widely. This could bring further flooding impacts to already-affected communities and catchments.’
Caroline Douglass, Director of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said of the flooding: ‘Flooding has a long lasting and devastating impact on people’s lives, and we offer our heartfelt sympathies to all who have been flooded and continue to be affected by the persistent wet weather.
‘We have seen our third weekend of exceptional river levels and stormy weather, continuing into this week; with the effects of climate change, we need to prepare for more frequent periods of extreme weather like this.
‘People need to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, make a flood plan and not to drive or walk through flood water.’
‘We’re all doomed’: A smattering of light snow in London sparks hilarious predictions of anarchy including delays, school closures and for everything to ‘grind to a halt in 15 minutes’
Disappointed Londoners took to Twitter today to post hilarious memes about the underwhelming amounts of snow they woke up compared to the storms predicted by forecasters.
The Met Office issued severe weather warnings for ice and snow from last night until midday today, urging drivers to take care on the roads from the Shetland Islands north of Scotland all the way down to the capital.
But Londoners bemoaned the ‘pathetic’ flakes that fell on their rooftops for just a few minutes this morning before joking that the city would still fall to its knees regardless – paralysed by the smallest bit of bad weather.
Twitter users quipped that schools would have to send children home and the Tube, buses and trams would soon grind to a halt unable to deal with a tiny smattering of the white stuff.
One person joked that Harrods had ‘run out of huskies’, while B&Q had sold all of its sledges. Here MailOnline takes a look at the best ‘doomsday’ snow tweets from the capital.
Disappointed Londoners took to Twitter today to post hilarious memes about the underwhelming amounts of snow they woke up compared to the storms predicted by forecasters
Londoners bemoaned the ‘pathetic’ flakes that fell for just a few minutes this morning before joking that the city would still fall to its knees regardless – paralysed by the smallest bit of bad weather
Someone posted a picture of an extremely light shower of snow over their back garden with the caption: ‘Schools may close this afternoon’