In Pictures: Wintry scenes as snow and ice bring plunging temperatures

With flurries of snow falling across parts of Britain, the freezing wintry conditions have provided some picturesque scenes.

While those expecting a thick blanketing were mostly disappointed, some parts of the country were painted white with frost and ice instead.

The Met Office has issued an ice warning for most of England and all of Wales and Northern Ireland that also reaches up into southern Scotland.

Winter weather Jan 17th 2019
Winter weather Jan 17th 2019
Snowfall in North Shields
Snowfall in North Shields

The Newcastle area has seen some heavy #snow in the last hour or so, here's a recent image sent in to us as well as the latest #snowdarpic.twitter.com/8E2n7XEKGk

— Met Office (@metoffice) January 17, 2019

Cyclist and dog walker in the snow
Cyclist and dog walker in the snow
Hillwalkers in Brecon Beacons
Hillwalkers in Brecon Beacons
Winter weather Jan 17th 2019
Winter weather Jan 17th 2019
Winter weather Jan 17th 2019
Winter weather Jan 17th 2019
Snow on Whitley Bay sea front
Snow on Whitley Bay sea front
Horses in frosty weather
Horses in frosty weather
Deer in park
Deer in park