More snow covers coast as temperatures plummet

A woman pulls her two young children to school in a sled after heavy snow overnight in Pocklington in East Yorkshire.  Picture: Ross Parry Agency
A woman pulls her two young children to school in a sled after heavy snow overnight in Pocklington in East Yorkshire. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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PARTS of Yorkshire woke up to a blanket of snow this morning, as temperatures nationally reached a spine-chilling -11C (12.2F).

Weather warnings for snow and ice remain in place for much of the UK, with commuters warned of icy conditions.

Pocklington and many parts of the east coast saw a covering of snow, and while some snow also fell in London overnight, the coldest weather was reserved for areas which saw less snow and clearer skies.

The village of Dalwhinnie in the Highlands endured -11C, and it was just a few degrees warmer in Katesbridge Co Down where the mercury plummeted to -8C (17.6F).

The snow is unlikely to fall in great volumes or lie, said Met Office forecaster Kirk Waite, but he added the cold weather could bring about tricky driving conditions.

“We are not really expecting much in the way of accumulation as it will be mostly a light snowfall,” he said. “But the cold weather will create some potentially difficult travel conditions through rush hour with a risk of icy patches.”

Gritters were out in force in Hertfordshire with salting trucks already on their second run by 4.30am.

Later today it will struggle to get above 6C (42.8F) in parts of England, including London, Mr Waite added.

The cold front will move eastwards tomorrow, with the eastern coasts of Scotland and England still seeing snow showers as well as a strong northeasterly wind.

Higher ground in the North York Moors and Lincolnshire Wolds could see up to 3.9ins (10cm) of snow, according to the Met Office, with a yellow ‘be aware’ warning remaining in place throughout the day.