Brrr! England gets its first snowfall! Bring out the gritters...


Brrr! England gets its first snowfall! Bring out the gritters...Northumberland this morning (Friday)/North News

The first snow of winter has started to fall in England, with temperatures plummeting as the so-called 'Arctic Blast' takes its first bite - and there's more on the way, say forecasters.

Northumberland woke up to its first snow of winter yesterday, where temperatures dropped to freezing. There were severe weather warnings in place in parts of Scotland, and road gritting and snow clearance teams across the north-eastern UK were put on alert.

The Met Office predicted overnight temperatures as low as -2C, with widespread frost.

Brrr! England gets its first snowfall! Bring out the gritters...North News & Pictures

Eastern areas look set to be worst hit this weekend.

A Met Office spokesman told Aol Travel: "While showers are more likely to fall as rain, sleet or hail near coasts of England, inland areas, together with Scotland, are likely to see some snow showers for a time."

A few centimeters of snow may fall on the North Yorkshire Moors, while Hull, Newcastle and East Yorkshire will see wintry showers.

However, that doesn't mean that there won't be some sunshine. "Bright spells" are likely over the weekend in many parts, says the Met Office. And after that, it's back to wet and windy for next week...

Ever seen snow in England in October? What's happening to our weather? It's only six months ago that it snowed last! Here's our picture gallery, just to remind you...

In pictures: Winter 2012

In pictures: Winter 2012