Commuters will continue to battle snow, ice, flood waters and plummeting temperatures tomorrow, as it emerged that the latest wintry blast could last until the middle of March.
Around four inches of snow fell in northern England and the Midlands overnight, prompting over 100 flood alerts, while much of Scotland and southern England received around two inches.
Ice caused widespread rush hour disruption, with a dozen schools closed across the country, roads left treacherous and rail services disrupted.
The AA said that by midday it had attended 6,800 breakdowns across the country, with more than 60 cars stuck in snow or flood water.
Conditions worsened over the course of the day with hilly areas, particularly in Scotland, continuing to see snow fall and temperatures in the Welsh mountains, southern Pennines and at the top of the Cotswolds below freezing.
And for those hoping today’s snow could be the last of the winter, the forecast for the next 30 days will make grim reading.
The Met Office is predicting the current wintery blast will continue for some time yet, with low temperatures and further snow lasting well into March.
Helen Roberts of the Met Office said: “It will be drier but colder for the next 30 days. If there is any precipitation it is more likely to fall as snow.”
Speaking oflast night’s snowfall, Nick Prebble, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: “There has been quite a lot of snow overnight, the worst affected areas are northern England down through to the Midlands and towards the south-east, and of course Scotland.
“Everywhere will see a covering, with most places seeing between one and two inches, but it won’t be surprise if some areas get more than four inches.
“There are reports of nearly four and a half inches in High Wycombe, and even up to an inch in London.
“The snow will linger in the early morning before slowly easing and being replaced by rain in many places.
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