Snow and ice bring treacherous conditions as cold snap forecast into new year

Snow and ice brought treacherous conditions to many parts of the country overnight, with the cold snap forecast to bite into the new year.

Bands of rain, sleet and snow were moving across the UK on Tuesday morning, bringing dangerous driving conditions, particularly around Manchester, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Berkshire, the Met Office said.

In East Lancashire, there were "lots of collisions coming in as the snow falls heavily", according to Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods, while Highways England also warned motorists over snow-hit roads.

The AA has said regional restrictions, imposed due to Covid-19, mean that roads are quieter than normal.

A yellow warning for snow and ice for much of England, Wales and Scotland remains in force until 10am after heavy snowfall in some regions, with more wintry weather expected on Wednesday and Thursday.

The warning area was extended at around 2am to cover more of southern and central Scotland, as well as further south-east to include parts of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

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A woman clears snow from her windscreen near Mam Tor in Derbyshire. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A dog peers out from a car boot in snowy conditions near Mam Tor in Derbyshire. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man falls off a sledge near Winnats Pass in Derbyshire. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
BRADFORD - JANUARY 02: A woman walks a dog in the snow around Peel Park on January 02, 2021 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
A car navigates snowy conditions near Mam Tor in Derbyshire. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
BRADFORD - JANUARY 02: A man rides a quad with a child in the snow around Peel Park on January 02, 2021 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
BRADFORD - JANUARY 02: People go sledging in the snow around Peel Park on January 02, 2021 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
A car drives through snowy conditions near Mam Tor in Derbyshire. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Children play in the snow near Winnats Pass in Derbyshire. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Orographic clouds above the Pennines as viewed from Bishop Auckland, County Durham. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kevin O'Neil (R) speaks to a participant in the freezing temperature of Combs reservoir as he leads a cold water therapy treatment group near Chapel en le Frith, northwest England on January 1, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A walker photographs the snow and frost in Marchwood near Southampton. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Individuals swim in Combs reservoir as they take part in a cold water therapy treatment near Chapel en le Frith, northwest England on January 1, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Rosie Parker plays with daughter Scarlett Parker play on a snow covered field on December 29, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. Heavy snow fall has covered the West Midlands and other parts of England as the Met Office has issued yellow warnings throughout the day. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
A COVID-19 testing centre continues to operate in Ancoats, Manchester city centre, as snow hits the UK. Tuesday 29th December 2020. (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WIMSLOW, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: A football training session takes place on snow covered pitches on December 29, 2020 in Wimslow, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: A general view outside the stadium as residents enjoy the snow in the surrounding areas prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Sheffield United at Turf Moor on December 29, 2020 in Burnley, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Driving instructor Steve Smith removes snow off the top of his car as heavy snowfall falls down on the west midlands overnight on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Driving instructor Steve Smith removes snow off the top of his car as heavy snowfall falls down on the west midlands overnight on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Cars are covered in snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Footsteps in the snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: A dog walker walks her dog for the first time in the snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: A dog walker walks her dog for the first time in the snow as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Layers of snow on the wall as heavy snow falls down on the West Midlands over night on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
Hikers in snow on Bleaklow Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wet and wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap and icy conditions still to come.
Hikers in snow on Bleaklow Moor in the Peak district of Derbyshire, after days of wet and wintry weather across the Christmas break, with a cold snap and icy conditions still to come.
Red deer in the snow alongside the A82 in Glencoe, Scotland.
A snow plough spreads grit as it passes through Killin in Stirlingshire.
Paige, 10, and her sister Katy, 2, sledging in the snow in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Pippa the goldren retriever plays in the snow in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Lizzy and daughter Connie, 6, are chased down a snow covered hill by their golden retriever Pippa in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Niamh, 2, sledging in the snow in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
William (surname not given) sledges in the snow in Burford, West Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Overnight snow in Burford, West Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Overnight snow in Burford, West Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Maddie, 7, plays in the snow in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Konrad (surname not given) sledges in the snow in Burford, West Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Brothers William (right) and Konrad (surname not given) sledge in the snow in Burford, West Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Overnight snow in Burford, West Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Vehicles in snowy conditions on the A40 near Whitney West Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Snow covering the village of Oulton in Staffordshire. (Photo by Tom Leese/PA Images via Getty Images)
Snow covered houses in the village of Oulton in Staffordshire. (Photo by Tom Leese/PA Images via Getty Images)
Snow covered fields near the village of Oulton in Staffordshire. (Photo by Tom Leese/PA Images via Getty Images)
Cristina, 4, and her sister Stefania, 3, play with snowballs in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Horses on the gallops in the snow at Sam Drinkwater's Granary Stables in Upper Strensham, Worcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
A message written on a car window after a snowfall in Liverpool overnight. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: A car wheel spins in the snow as heavy snowfall falls down on the West Midlands overnight on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. Heavy snow fall has covered the West Midlands as the Met Office issues yellow warnings throughout the day. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
STOURBRIDGE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Members of the public help a car that is stuck in the snow as heavy snowfall falls down on the West Midlands overnight on December 28, 2020 in Stourbridge, England. Heavy snow fall has covered the West Midlands as the Met Office issues yellow warnings throughout the day. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
(Parental permission given), people make the most of a snow downfall on Camp Hill, Woolton, Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Freezing fog patches are likely to be slow to clear in parts of England and western Scotland, the Met Office added.

Temperatures were recorded close to freezing on Tuesday morning in central Scotland and parts of the Midlands, a Met Office graph shows, and were between 2C (35.6F) and 4C (39.2F) elsewhere, rising to 7C (44.6C) in Plymouth.

The Met Office said: "Wintry showers will start to fade inland in the afternoon, but they will continue to stream into coastal areas, northern Scotland and Northern Ireland."

Temperatures in the afternoon are forecast to be around 4-7C across the UK, turning cold quickly in the evening with a widespread frost, it added.

Large parts of London, the South, South West plus the east of England and Wales and parts of the Midlands have also been warned there is a chance snow and ice could hit on Wednesday and Thursday.

A low pressure system will see rain meet cold air, turning to snow over hills and lower areas.

The Met Office said more fresh warnings are likely to be issued this week as the cold snap continues into the new year.

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