Snow Sunday for many areas as freezing weather strikes


Parts of the UK will be experiencing a snowy Sunday after a 100-mile corridor of freezing weather swept across the country overnight. 

London and Manchester received a light dusting of snow overnight, while parts of Yorkshire had a blanket up to 5cm deep. 

The Met Office said the corridor of snow swept down from Scotland, through the Pennines and Cumbria, the Midlands and across the capital and West Sussex.

The most snow seen in the south was 2cm in High Wycombe, while on higher ground near the Pennines as much as 15cm of snow fell.

Forecasters said few places in the east of the country experienced temperatures above zero last night, with residents of Kinbrace in the Highlands contending with jaw-dropping lows of -11.8C. 

Eastern parts of the UK are unlikely to get much warmer than freezing during Sunday, although it is expected to be "bright and crisp".

But parts of the South West and Wales could see temperatures reach 10C, with rain and sleet expected to fall, rather than snow.

Travellers were told to expect icy roads, particularly around the coastal areas of East Anglia and Lincolnshire for Sunday morning, with motorists urged to take care throughout the day.

Police also warned drivers in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria to be extra vigilant if they are going out, due to snow and ice.

A Met Office spokesman said: "It's been a cold night and for a few places down towards the Pennines, central East Midlands and passing over the south and east of England, there has been some snow as well.

"You can almost cut the UK in half along the Pennines, with temperatures in the South West reaching up to 10C, 8C in Northern Ireland and between 6C and 7C in the west of Scotland."

Tonight will see less snow fall across the country, with only Lincolnshire and Humberside expected to see any white coverage.

A spokesman for the Nevis Range ski resort said it is it expected to be busy over the weekend, with good skiing right across the front of the hill and a mix of groomed and un-groomed runs.

Ski chiefs in Glencoe said it "should be a cracking weekend for snow sports with light winds and great snow conditions".

Cairngorm reported that all open terrain had mostly good cover of packed powdery dry snow, while most runs were complete with pisted packed snow at Glenshee.