Travel disruption expected as weather warnings cover UK
Large parts of the country have woken to snow and bitterly cold temperatures.
Parts of the country have been blanketed in a layer of snow as forecasters warned of plunging temperatures and possible travel disruption.
Frequent wintry showers have pushed in overnight with the Met Office issuing yellow warnings for snow and ice across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In areas which saw snow, temperatures dropped to between 0C-2C (32F-36F). Tulloch Bridge in Scotland, had the largest snowfall with 8cm coming down overnight.
Gritters are out in force across Scotland with pictures on social media showing particularly difficult driving conditions on the M8 near Easterhouse.
Here's a look at the #M8 around Easterhouse from around 15mins ago.— Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) January 16, 2018
Our pals @ScotTranserv are on the case and out working hard to keep the roads open, here's where you can see the gritters in action this morning: https://t.co/5UskFZm5J2 pic.twitter.com/xTcAAxkDJq
The southern uplands of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland have also seen flurries of snow, with 1cm reported in Lough Fea, Northern Ireland, and further accumulations expected throughout the day.
Luke Miall, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: “The forecast for today is it’s likely to become a bit more wintry so we could be seeing snow for many areas, with northern and western areas seeing frequent showers.”
There is a greater chance of snow further south across parts of Wales and the possibly the Midlands later into Tuesday, forecasters said.
A snow and ice warning is in place for these areas, with 2cm-6cm of snow expected over the hills and 1cm-2cm in lower levels.
Mr Miall added: “It will stay cold, we will continue to feel that wind from the north west, quite gusty, so feeling bitterly cold outside today.
The latest radar image shows #snow as far south as #Wales. The webcam image is from Tideswell in Derbyshire a few hours ago with a covering of snow on the road. Stay #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/YrzKqAF3NC— Met Office (@metoffice) January 16, 2018
“There could well be some travel disruptions and, with slippery roads and pavements, there could be some treacherous conditions to contend with, so we would advise people to take extra care.”
After the snow and ice of Tuesday, showers are expected to continue into the night with wintry showers on Wednesday, especially across the north.