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People in parts of northern England and Scotland woke up to a thick blanket of snow on Thursday. Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office, with the freezing conditions causing major disruption.
Up to 11cm of snow had fallen in the Perth and Kinross area and 5cm in Cumbria by 9am.
The mercury dropped as low as minus 5.5C (21F) in North Yorkshire on Thursday morning, and minus 6.4C (20F) in Dalwhinnie in the Highlands.
A yellow warning for snow and ice is in force across much of northern England and Scotland until 9pm.
An amber warning for snow, covering parts of the North East and Scotland, ran until 10am.
The rest of England is forecast to be battered by heavy rain, particularly in London and the South East, while Wales and Northern Ireland are predicted to stay mostly dry.
People in parts of northern England and Scotland woke up to a thick blanket of snow on Thursday
Snowfall in Leeds on Thursday morning
And bus services across Bradford have been decimated due to the conditions.
Newcastle has also been hit by travel chaos, with lorries broken down on the A68 and gritters hard at work on the A69.
West Yorkshire Police urged people to stay at home until the roads clear.
A snow plough clears the A69 near Stocksfield, Newcastle
A woman struggles with a shopping trolley in Hexham, Northumberland
The force’s road policing unit tweeted a picture of a badly damaged car and wrote: “M62 Eastbound between jnct 22 and 23, one of many collisions that the @WYP_RPU are attending this morning. Please drive to the conditions and if possible stay home until the roads clear.”
Over 100 schools across Bradford and Keighley are closed or partially closed today due to the snow.
Older people have been advised not to visit Newcastle’s Centre for Life mass vaccination hub due to the conditions and to rebook their appointment.
The Newcastle NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust tweeted: “It’s easy to do by calling 119. No need to risk travelling in the bad weather.”
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A yellow warning for snow and ice is in force across parts of northern England and Scotland until 9pm
West Yorkshire Police urged people to stay at home until the roads clear
Residents clear thick snow in Consett, County Durham
Consett in County Durham has been hit by heavy snow
Police Scotland’s road policing unit warned against travelling in the wintry weather.
Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: “Government restrictions on travelling remain in place across Scotland because of the ongoing pandemic.
“People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and work from home where possible. The best way to stay safe is to stay at home.
“In the current wintry weather please consider if your journey is exempt under the regulations and also if it really is essential and whether you can delay it until the weather improves.”
A man clears snow of a car in Braco, near Dunblane
A motorist in the West Denton area of Newcastle
A man braves the snow to walk his dog in Newcastle
Pictures show heavy snow across much of northern England and Scotland.
People took to Twitter after waking up to snowfall.
One user wrote: “Morning walk to set me up for the day ….. mmm did I miss the snow forecast.”
Another shared a picture showing a thick layer of snow and said: “Lockdown snow.”
A member of staff from Tesco Extra shovels snow outside the store in Hexham, Northumberland
Another dog walker ventures out in the conditions
A third tweeted: “Good morning, snow here in York today!”
Another posted: “Snow snow snow. I’ve never seen so much of it in such a short span in the Uk the North really is a different world.”
One more added: “Walking in a winter wonderland here in Leeds.”
Despite the wintry weather, Met Office forecaster John Griffiths dismissed any link to the widely reported “Beast from the East 2”.
The West Denton area of Newcastle has seen snowfall
The Met Office has warned of significant travel disruption
A lorry drives through snow on the A69 near Newcastle
He insisted the conditions are “normal” for the winter weather cycle.
Mr Griffiths said: “On Thursday a band of rain, sleet and snow will hit parts of Scotland and northern England, which will slowly extend south to the Midlands as the day progresses.
“It is expected to be very cold in these areas, dropping below 0C (32F) in Scotland and parts of northern England.
“This will start to gradually ease and die out during the evening, with frost and freezing fog coming in.”
Another yellow warning on Saturday could see heavy snow from central England up to Scotland
A snow plough battles through the conditions
Mr Griffiths said Friday will “start cold and foggy”, with most areas becoming dry and bright over the rest of the day.
But more snow is forecast, with another yellow warning on Saturday which could see heavy snow from central England up to Scotland.
The Met Office said: “An area of rain pushing eastwards is expected to turn snow in places as it encounters colder air across Scotland and parts of northern and eastern England.
“At first the main hazard may be rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice, especially on higher level routes.
A rail worker carrying out checks at Hexham station in Northumberland
“However snow becomes more likely during the early morning.
“Heavier snowfall is more likely above 200m in Scotland and northern England, where 5-10 cm of snow may accumulate, possibly 20cm on highest routes.
“At lower levels and further south, 2-5cm of snow may accumulate in places, but the situation is finely balanced, with the possibility that most lower-lying areas, especially in the east, will see rain or sleet rather than snow.”
The Met Office has since extended a yellow warning of icy surfaces to the south and eastern parts of England.
A train at Hexham station, Northumberland
The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warning to most of the UK
The warning covering the whole of Scotland and eastern parts of England will remain in place until 10am tomorrow morning – only Wales and the far south west of England is set to escape the threat of ice.
Late this afternoon, a local resident captured the shocking moment a double-decker bus slid down an icy hill in Halifax.
The driver of the bus began losing control as it swerved into a nearby hedge and blocked the road.
Moments later, the driver miraculously regained control before striking a parked car at the bottom of the hill.
Heading into the evening rush hour motorists are experiencing severe delays due to the adverse weather conditions.
Cars have come stranded on M62 near Leeds – a video has emerged of the wheel of one car spinning and unable to grip the tarmac.
Across Yorkshire, there is also queueing traffic between the M1 and M62 near Lofthouse.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed this afternoon it had taken more than 300 calls in just one hour
Superintendent Chris Bowen said: “We are experiencing a much higher volume of non-emergency calls to the force than normal with weather-related calls significantly increasing demand.”
UK snow in numbers
Average temperatures in the UK
The adverse weather conditions has also had a big impact on emergency services this evening across parts of northern England.
Elderly patients due to receive a coronavirus vaccine at Newcastle’s Centre for Life mass vaccination hub were advised to rebook their appointments to avoid the bad weather.
This evening, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust warned snow and gridlocked roads were having a “severe impact on our operations”.
They urged patients to only call for “serious or life-threatening” emergencies, and stated “hazardous driving conditions” meant it was taking “longer than normal in the worst-hit areas”.
(Additional reporting by Katie Harris)
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