Brits facing ‘significant snow’ with temps to drop for coldest night of the year

Swathes of England including saw their first snow of winter as forecasters predict "significant" blasts will batter the UK.

Brits – including those in Kent, Ease Sussex and Essex – woke up to wintery showers and blankets of the white stuff this morning after temperatures plunged as low as -10C.

From Cambridge down to Hastings and in Devon and Cornwall snow settled – and promoted warnings for motorists who braved the elements.

Snow, sleet and rain were wreaking havoc for drivers as police in Cornwall responded to multiple crashes on the A38, A30 and A3078 in Trewithian, where a car had flipped over.

Police warned on Twitter: "Multiple RTC’s on the A30 around #GossMoor – people driving at totally inappropriate speeds."

The Met Office has issued a rare snow warning for parts of east London, Kent, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

It said: "Heavy rain, and in places sleet and snow, will continue to make driving conditions rather difficult through the morning travel period. In a few places 1-2 cm of snow could accumulate."

Forecasters also posted warnings for Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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It comes after parts of the north, including Durham and Yorkshire, were covered by blankets yesterday.

Parts of the north will continue to see "significant snow" over the next 24 hours and could experience the lowest overnight temperatures of the year, the Met Office has said.

It warned that icy temperatures could cause showery rain to fall as well as sleet or snow in parts of Wales and southern England, such as Wiltshire and Hampshire.

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Forecasters said: “Wet snow is also falling this morning across parts Kent. This may spread northwards giving some snow over the Wealds and Downs of southeast England.”

Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office, said the "most significant snow" was likely to fall in England – specifically in Cumbria and the Pennines – where areas above 400m could see up to 10cm.

He told The Mirror : “That's a significant amount of snow especially this early in December.

"The snowiest months are usually a bit later into winter, January and February and also it's very early in December at the moment."

Today will see rain and sleet affect most areas with heavier showers and snow predicted for parts of the UK, mainly in the morning.

In the south it should turn brighter by the afternoon, but bitter winds will hammer and gusts and gales are expected to be strong along the coasts.

Brits are in for a cloudy and wet weekend with wet snow predicted for some hillier areas.

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