Drivers are being told not to travel because of black ice and snow on British roads – after England had its coldest night of the year with temperatures plunging to -12C. A low of minus 11.7C (10.9F) was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said.
Drivers are being told not to travel because of black ice and snow on British roads – after England had its coldest night of the year with temperatures plunging to -12C.
A low of minus 11.7C (10.9F) was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said.
In Scotland, temperatures dipped as low as -16C overnight as the Highlands was hit by avalanches.
After one of the coldest nights of the year, ice climbers make their way up the frozen face of Kinder Downfall waterfall in Derbyshire this morning
Residents of Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham woke up to snowy scenes this morning after temperatures dipped below freezing overnight
A low of minus 11.7C (10.9F) was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said. Pictured: A dog walker today in Warley Woods, Birmingham
A view from the front seat of an ambulance trying to get from Plymouth from Princetown during an emergency call yesterday, after drivers blocked the road by leaving their cars to go sledging
A walker admiring the spectacular icicles that had formed over Gibson’s Gave in Barnard Castle, County Durham, this morning
Dog walkers enjoy a crisp frosty morning today at Warley woods in Birmingham today. Drivers are being warned to take care on icy roads
The Nissan car manufacturing plant in Sunderland, which dominates the landscape, as viewed from the Downhill area of the city this morning
Simon Partridge, a meteorologist at the Met Office told The Telegraph: ‘The main concern is black ice on the roadways, and we simply need time to get to the most at-risk areas.
‘If you can travel later, please do,’ he added.
‘Today is a Sunday, thankfully, so there are expected to be fewer cars on the roads.’
Double-digit lows were also recorded further down the east coast at Redesdale, where the mercury sank to minus 10.4C (13.3F), and at Leeming in north Yorkshire where a low of minus 10.8C (12.6F) was observed.
While it was the coldest night of the year so far in England it was not as cold as parts of Scotland, where temperatures fell as far as minus 12.6C (9.3F) at Braemar in the Highlands.
Elsewhere early on Sunday morning, Bala in Gwynedd and Llysdinam in Powys were the coldest spots in Wales, with minus 7.5C (18.5) recorded at both places.
The lowest overnight temperature in Northern Ireland was seen late on Saturday night, when minus 7C (19.4F) was recorded at Katesbridge, Co Down, at around 11.40pm.
Forecasters had spoken of the potential for temperatures to fall far enough for the UK to see the coldest night in nearly a decade, although the early arrival of cloud kept minimums slightly higher than expected.
Nevertheless, two weather warnings are still in place on Sunday morning.
One yellow warning of hill snow and ice for a swathe of western Scotland reaching from Inverness in the north to the outskirts of Glasgow in the south runs until 11am.
Another yellow warning of icy stretches in parts of southern England and East Anglia is in place until the same time.
Later on a further yellow warning of hill snow and ice for central and southern Scotland will kick in at midnight and run until 2pm on Monday.
Respite from the bitter weather that brought severe travel disruption to large parts of the country during the week is on the way.
Weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for parts of the UK today (left) and tomorrow (right)
A climber on Kinder Downfall in the Derbyshire Peak District. The site is normally a 30-yard high waterfall but was frozen this morning
A light layer of frost covers the grass at Warley Woods in Birmingham as the sun rises after the coldest night of the year
A dog bounds across the frosty grass as the sun rises at Warley Woods, a historic area of parkland and woodland
Swans and ducks standing on the ice after the water froze over on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal this morning
Darren Soden had to clear ice from around his boat from setting off on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal this morning
England suffered its coldest night of the winter yesterday. Pictured is a view of Castlerigg stone circle in Cumbria, where people gathered for a star-gazing festival last night
The sun could be seen peaking over the top of some of central London’s tallest buildings in this image taken from Primrose Hill this morning
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘Things are picking up now as we start to see milder air push in from the south-west through today.
‘In south-west England we could see plus 10 (50F), while more broadly across England it could be six (42.8F) or seven (44.6F) degrees.
‘Generally we are heading back to normal temperatures for this time of year this week – with a normal British winter situation, so it will be wetter and windier.’
Meanwhile, with the arrival of heavy snow new avalanches have been recorded in Scotland’s mountains.
The country’s vital winter avalanche service for walkers and climbers has now logged its 19th snow slide this season.
Four avalanches have been recorded in the last 48 hours alone.
Recorders also captured some early spectacularly pictures of winter in the hills.
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) said 20 people in total were caught up in human-triggered snow slides during its 2017/18 season.
Some walkers and climbers came close to white death on Scotland’s mountains last winter, according to its report.
They had ‘very lucky escapes’ after being caught in avalanches.
The service recorded 261 avalanches during its 2017/18 season.
Of this number, 230 were natural and/or cornice triggered. Cornices are large overhanging ledges of snow.
Thirty avalanches were triggered by people who were walking, skiing or climbing in the mountains.
There were no fatalities due to avalanche activity recorded during the season, SAIS said.
But it added: ‘Some avalanche occurrences were minor, in that small releases occurred, but others were more significant and resulted in people being carried down by the avalanche, some with very lucky escapes.’
Every winter, SAIS assesses avalanche hazards and provides daily information on the stability of snowpack in the six mountain areas.
The areas are Lochaber, Glen Coe, Creag Meagaidh, Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.
Hillwalkers, climbers and skiers use the information to help them plan trips.
Today Northern Cairngorms had a ‘considerable’ risk of an avalanche.