Britain braced for the big chill

The UK was today plunged into a freezing snap as an Arctic weather front swept in, blanketing parts of Scotland and northern England in snow.

The UK was today plunged into a freezing snap as an Arctic weather front swept in, blanketing parts of Scotland and northern England in snow.

Several weather warnings are in place and motoring organisations have warned that the snowy conditions could create hazardous driving conditions on the roads.

Snow was falling yesterday in parts of Scotland and north-east England, with around five centimetres in Aberdeen last night.

The freezing conditions will continue to move down the east coast of the UK with snowfall predicted for much of the country tomorrow morning.

Temperatures in central and northern England are expected to plunge as low as -5 Celsius tonight with as much as 10cm of snow forecast.

Paul Mott, forecaster of MeteoGroup UK said the South West, west Wales and Northern Ireland will escape the snowy conditions but can expect freezing temperatures.

He said: “Tomorrow, much of the UK will wake up to a brief spell of snow which will turn to rain as milder air comes in from the South West.

“Some eastern areas could have several centimetres of snow settling on the ground and there is a chance of snow in London during the morning.”

He said that high ground in eastern Scotland could experience as much as 10cm of snow.

The AA have advised motorists to only drive as fast as conditions allow and to be aware of the greater stopping distances required in ice and snow.

It said it is deploying snow-busting patrol vehicles to help rescue drivers stranded in ice and snow.

The Land Rovers, equipped with winches, tow poles and 4x4 capability, are being deployed in northern areas which are likely to bear the main brunt of the cold weather.

Meanwhile, councils across the country were getting gritters ready to clear roads of any snow and ice.

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