Is it going to snow today, where is it snowing in the UK, is there a weather warning and are there tips for driving in snow?
A cold snap is likely to bring more snow tonight as temperatures will feel like feel like —20C with the wind chill .
Forecasters have warned that the frosty weather will hit today and last through the weekend.
We take a look at today’s weather, the likelihood of snow, and the weather warnings in place.
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Icy fog in Bute Park, Cardiff, as temperatures plunged
A picturesque wintry scene in Flintshire, Wales,
Will it snow today?
Met forecaster Graham Madge said: “We reckon it could be the coldest day of the winter so far at -12C.
“We also expect snow, which will cause some disruption to the transport network and make pavements and other untreated surfaces more treacherous.
“We’re going to see more snow feeding in from the East and, at times, drifts. That means the accumulations will be higher.”
The Met Office were expecting some small snow accumulations of 2 – 3cm in East Sussex and Kent and even more in locations over 200m.
According to The Weather Channel there will be few if any accumulations below about 150m.
“During Sunday there will be a slow increase in temperatures as winds strengthen from the south east and temperatures will become relatively mild from Monday.”
Snowdrifts could see up to 4in coat areas across the North, stretching from Sheffield to Edinburgh.
Highland cows were wrapped up nice and warm during chilly weather in Flintshire, Wales
Is there a UK weather warning?
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Yorkshire & Humber .
Drivers are urged to be careful on icy and slippery roads.
Older and more vulnerable people should take health precautions because extreme cold can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, depression, worsening arthritis and slips and falls.
See our guide for an explanation of what the different weather warnings mean and how you should prepare.
Where in the UK is it already snowing?
The wintery showers reported by the Met Office have mainly been confined to rain and sleet in the south with most snow falling in Scotland.
But there have been reports of snow falling in the very south of England too.
According to the UK Snow Map which tracks social media mentions, snow has fallen in Devon, Gosport, Essex, Hertfordshire, Sheffield, East Sussex and North Wales.
So maybe take a look outside – is it snowing where you are?
Frost-covered fields and icy roads were a common sight across Wales
How to drive safely in snow and ice?
The best advice is – don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.
If you genuinely do have to drive, make sure you prepare in case you get stranded in a snow drift.
Take food, water, blankets, a torch, a first aid kit, a fully charged phone, a shovel, jump leads and de-icer fluid.
Make sure you clear all your windows – it’s actually illegal to drive if you can’t see out of all of them.
Try to stick to major roads which should have been gritted and make sure you have a full tank of fuel, and check the oil and other engine fluids before you set off.
Keep your distance – it can take 10 times as long to come to a stop in icy conditions compared to normal.
At least 20 seconds’ distance from the car in front is recommended.
Remember to drive smoothly and don’t brake or accelerate harshly, otherwise your tyres will lose grip.
Keep the radio turned off or down low so you can hear the difference if you hit an icy patch.
If you do skid, don’t brake – take your foot off the accelerator and let the car slow down itself.
What is thundersnow?
Thundersnow is a type of storm with snow falling instead of rain.
It is also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm.
It produces snowfall rates in the range of 5 to 10cm per hour.
The intensity of snowfall limits visibility even during light winds.
Thundersnow is often part of a severe winter storm or blizzard.
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