vernight snow flurries brought travel chaos on Monday as the UK was hit by an Arctic blast of freezing temperatures.
But the winter wonderland scenes were marred by mayhem on the roads, with some drivers forced to abandon their cars after being caught in the drift.
In Gloucestershire, police urged residents to only leave their homes “if it is essential to so”, as heavy snowfall caused disruption in the Forest of Dean and on the A417 around Birdlip.
Roads were also closed in parts of Lancashire, Shropshire, Wales, while there were at least three crashes reported on the M60 Manchester ring road.
On Merseyside, Wednesday’s scheduled horse racing meet at Haydock has been cancelled after four inches of snow fell on the track overnight. Dudley Zoo in the West Midlands was forced to close.
A warning is also in place for snow and ice for England from the north-west down through the Midlands and across to Taunton in the west and London in the south east.
Londoners woke up to temperatures of 0C in the capital, with a maximum of just 5C expected later today.
The Met Office said the rain moving across Wales and England in the early hours of Monday has the potential to turn to snow.
Snow had already fallen in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England by Sunday afternoon, while more than 100 flood warnings were in place across England following days of stormy conditions.
The yellow warnings from the Met Office, in place from midnight until 6pm on Monday, advise of the potential for injuries from icy surfaces and delays to trains and road transport.
The chilly temperatures follow several days of wintery weather over the Christmas period which brought flooding to parts of southern England before Storm Bella arrived on Boxing Day with winds of more than 100mph.
Flooding was also reported in parts of eastern England by Sunday morning, with kayakers taking to the roads in Norfolk in an attempt to traverse water-logged streets.
As of 4am on Monday, 103 flood warnings remained in place across England calling for immediate action ahead of expected flooding, alongside 193 flood alerts.
Despite the bad conditions, gales meant that for the first time ever more than half of Britain’s electricity was generated by wind power on Saturday.
According to energy firm Drax, 50.67 per cent of the country’s power was produced by wind turbines on Boxing Day.
— to www.standard.co.uk