This week’s cold snap has brought snowfall to part of the country in the east, with those in West Yorkshire waking up with the thickest blanket
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Brits woke up this morning to a thick blanket of snow after last night’s sudden cold snap.
Cautious predictions that a small amount of flakes could fall overnight have been surpassed for those living in the east of the country, where several inches have settled.
West Yorkshire has enjoyed the best of it, with several hours of snowfall resulting in a clear and deep blanket in the early hours.
The frosty turn, fueled by a gust of air from the Arctic, comes a week after early spring and a string of unseasonably warm temperatures, blue skies and sunshine.
Yesterday the Met Office in Scotland issued a yellow weather warning, forecasting wintry showers likely to turn to snow and hail in the early hours of the morning.
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The forecaster said up to 5cm of the white stuff could fall on high ground with the possibility of wintry weather coming further south.
In Redcard, a man captured the moment when a flash of light ripped through the sky amidst the snowfall.
In Garforth, Leeds, another man snapped a picture of his snow-covered garden, with frozen trees pointing up at the crisp morning sky.
David William, also from the city, battled the elements this morning to get going.
“Digging up an entire snowy hill to get the car up is not how I thought I would spend my morning,” he wrote on Twitter.
The sudden change in weather came as a chilling shock to those who last week pulled out their summer wardrobe and soaked up the sun.
Today’s weather marks about a 15 degree swing from this time last week.
The Met Office warned people should expect potential travel disruptions from 8pm last night as falling temperatures meant some untreated roads and pavements became slippery.
They issued a yellow warning that stretched from Derbyshire to eastern Scotland and ran until 10am this morning.
“Further wintry showers through Wednesday and early Thursday may result in fairly widespread patches of ice, particularly on untreated surfaces,” the weather forecaster said.
“Some accumulations of snow are also possible, particularly in eastern Scotland and hillier areas of north-east England.”
Air coming in from the Arctic today is expected to continue through the end of the week, keeping temperatures far lower than last week.
Winds can reach 80 km/h on the east coast, making temperatures of 6°C or 7°C feel more like freezing point.
Freezing showers are forecast for the east coast of Scotland and the north east of England today.
As the weekend progresses, the weather is expected to improve slightly, with temperatures set to rise into early next week.
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