Snow Hits London as Britain Freezes in Coldest Night for TWO Years with Mercury Plummeting Below -13C and Snow and Ice Warning Issued for Most of UK

Snow hit London today as Britons were told to brace themselves after plummeting temperatures saw the nation freeze on the coldest night in two years.

Shoppers wrapped up in scarves huddled under umbrellas as they walked along Oxford Street, with snow also falling across the Home Counties, as Britons braced themselves against wintry conditions.

Temperatures dropped dramatically overnight, with a low of -13.5C recorded in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie, while freezing temperatures were recorded as far south as London Luton Airport.

Shoppers shield themselves from the snow as they walk along Oxford Street this afternoon, as wintry conditions hit London

One man braves the cold in just  a jacket and shorts this morning to take a run as snow falls in Maidenhead, Berkshire

Snow falls in central London as the Met Office issued as a a yellow 'be aware' warning of snow and ice across Britain

People brave the cold weather and take their dogs out for a walk in fields at Warley Woods, Birmingham

Temperatures plummet in the Scottish Highlands, while a warm weather front could signal an improvement in conditions in southern England

The Met Office has updated a yellow ‘be aware’ warning of snow and ice to cover much of Scotland, north Wales and England down to southern parts.

The warning, valid until 6pm, predicts snow on higher routes and says that rain may fall onto frozen surfaces for a time, particularly across Scotland, following a very cold night.

Icy patches are likely on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths – while some disruption could be seen to journeys by road, bus and train on affected routes.

Traffic Scotland urged drivers to check their routes before setting off and to ensure they were carrying emergency supplies in case they get stuck.

North Wales Police also warned of poor conditions on the roads due to snow and ice, particularly on routes in Snowdonia.

Meanwhile, the Mountain Road was closed on the Isle of Man due to snow.

A light layer of snow falls on hedges around roads in the Maidenhead, Berkshire, as Britain braces itself for further wintry conditions today

Drivers will be met with snow covering their cars in Maidenhead, Berkshire, today, as the cold weather continues

The Met Office has updated a yellow 'be aware' warning of snow and ice to cover much of Scotland, north Wales and England (pictured, Maidenhead in Berkshire) down to southern parts

Ducks gather on Loch Morlich, at the foot of the Cairngorns in the Scottish Highlands, after snow covered the area last night

Snowy conditions have seen crowd flock to Scottish ski resorts over the weekend.

On Friday in Glencoe, blizzard conditions hampered a rescue operation to save two ski tourers stranded without shelter at 3,000ft.

The pair were winched into a coastguard helicopter at first light on Saturday before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police warned skiers heading to resorts not to park on the verges after disruption on Saturday and warned that cars causing obstructions may be seized.

Skiers faced six-mile tailbacks as they flocked to the slopes at Glencoe Mountain Resort to take advantage of the snowy conditions.

Loch Morlich looks like a winter wonderland after snowed blanketed the area at the foot of the Cairngorms in Scotland

The Cairngorm ski resort in the Scottish Highlands benefits from the wintry conditions with a fresh layer of snow this morning

The lowest temperature of the weekend was recorded in the Scottish Highlands, where it dropped to -13.5C

The Scottish Highlands saw the coldest of the conditions this weekend, with temperatures dropping to -13.5C last night

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Saturday night saw the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since February 14 2016, when -14.1C was recorded at Braemar.

Despite the frigid temperatures in the far north, the mercury rose to 11C in the in the far south west of England.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keate said the near 20C difference, caused as warmer air moves in, was ‘pretty unusual for the UK’.

‘The broad theme is it is turning milder from the west, but before we get there some snow will fall,’ he said.

On Friday, members of the public were urged to stay off the roads in some areas of Scotland, with weather warnings covering much of the country.

Dozens of schools around Scotland were closed while some shut early due to the weather.

On Tuesday night, more than 200 motorists were stranded overnight on the M74 as heavy snow and ice caused treacherous driving conditions.

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