Snow spreads across United Kingdom, closing roads and grounding flights

Snow spreads across United Kingdom, closing roads and grounding flights

Snow showers affecting Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England are expected to extend across Wales and central and western England overnight.

"It will also be bitterly cold, with highs of 2C or 3C outside those snow showers".

Traffic Scotland also advised drivers to increase their stopping distances in the icy conditions and take a de-icer and scraper with them.

Many parts of the United Kingdom woke up to snow this morning and more snowfall has been forecast for Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, parts of northern England and the Midlands.

This is likely to cause further disruptions to air and ferry transport. "There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off".

The Met Office says northern and western parts of the United Kingdom are set to endure another day of "frequent blustery snow and hail showers" and a widespread frost will befall inland areas overnight as we head into the weekend.

This follows risky and violent winds caused by Storm Caroline, which has now started to move away from Britain.

There is already a yellow warning of snow and ice in force for the county today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

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About 8cm of snow fell in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands today.

The Met Office has warned there could be a "danger to life" because of flying debris and has issued an amber "be prepared" warning for northern Scotland.

John West, Met Office meteorologist, said: "We saw a fairly consistent stream of snow showers overnight, and there will be a constant feed throughout the day and into Friday".

East Anglia and the South East see outbreaks of rain, sleet and mostly hill snow, with wintry showers moving into districts bordering the East coast later.

Warnings are also in place for snow in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and for high winds in the south.

Storm Caroline is expected to batter the United Kingdom with gusts of up to 90mph and poses a potential risk to life, the Met Office says.

The Met Office said: "10-20 cm is possible for some locations, mainly in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, north Wales and perhaps the northwest Midlands".

Although southern areas may miss out on the worst of the weather, the Met Office has warned temperatures will still plummet to "bitterly cold" levels, dropping as low as -12C (10F) on Sunday morning.