BRITS have shivered through the night as temperatures threatened to drop to -13 while snow blanketed the North.
An ice warning is currently in place for most of the North East – with forecasters predicting the white stuff could even reach the South East as the mercury continues to plummet.
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Much of the North has already been covered in inches of snow – with more expected to comeCredit: PA:Press Association
The Met Office is warning those from Nottingham up to Edinburgh, and from Burnley to the east coast to expect “icy surfaces leading to difficult travel conditions in places”.
They warn that the severe conditions could lead to injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces and that roads, pavements and cycle paths will see icy patches.
And the Met Office warned: “A locally severe frost is likely in North West Scotland, where temperatures may plummet to a low of minus 13 Celsius.
“This will make it the coldest night since the end of January/early February 2019.”
Meanwhile wet snow may fall, but will mainly only set on high grounds rather than at low levels inland.
2-5cm snow is likely above 250 metres, and even up to 10cm in a few places above 400 metres over the north Pennines.
SNOW ‘SINKING SOUTHWARDS’
Forecasters in Meteogroup believe the rest of the country could be following suit next with the snow “sinking southwards.”
And the Met Office has said that the South East of England could see snow on Thursday or Friday this week – but it’s unlikely to stay for long.
Spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “We may see the odd flurry down to lower levels, particularly in the North East, maybe the North West depending on what day you’re looking at.
“But certainly any snow to lower levels will be quite transient really and not last very long.”
The Met Office said temperatures would continue to plummet on Tuesday night
Nottingham up to Edinburgh, and Burnley to the coast to expect “icy surfaces”
In Glasgow kids donned skates to play ice hockeyCredit: Robert Perry 2021
Huskies were treated to a taste of their natural habitat while out for a walk in AllenheadCredit: PA:Press Association
Farmers in Middleton in Teesdale, County DurhamCredit: Jordan Crosby
Ms Maxey added the cold spell and single digit temperatures are likely to last into next week.
She said: “This cold spell will last certainly this week and into next week, although we should see a little bit of recovering temperatures as we start next week.
“By the time we get to Friday, we’re starting to see the chance that things might warm up a bit, but we’re still looking at 3C or 4C for London, with isolated areas perhaps seeing 6C.”
On Tuesday morning many areas of the UK already woke up in a winter wonderland, with blankets of snow and ice sheets covering much of the North.
In the North Pennies in Northumberland Huskies were treated to a taste of their natural habitat while out for a walk in Allenhead.
In Glasgow kids donned skates to play ice hockey on a frozen lake in Easter House.
And farmers in Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham were up early surveying the inches of snow on their land.
The white weather comes as yesterday forecasts revealed Britain could see the Beast from the East return.
The last Siberian weather front to be given the nickname hit in 2018 when snow blanketed large parts of Britain and temperatures plummeted to -10C.
Siberian winds are still pushing in from the east, with the UK expected to see more frost, ice and snow during the rest of the week.
And forecasters are now warning that a “Sudden Stratosphere Warming” could trigger another Beast from the East next week.
Many areas of the UK woke up in a winter wonderlandCredit: Jordan Crosby
Wintry showers are expected to continue through the weekCredit: Jordan Crosby
The ice warning will be in place from 4pmCredit: Jordan Crosby