Snow blankets the North with two inches on the way as temperatures set to drop to -8C amid ice warnings

SNOW has blanketed the North this morning and another two inches are on the way as temperatures are set to drop to -8C.

The Met Office have issued yellow warnings for ice, snow and hail as a wintry Artic air sweeps in.

Brits have been warned to expect travel chaos from 8pm tonight as dangerous icy patches cover the roads.

The white stuff has already begun to fall today from Shetland to North Yorkshire as temperatures plummet.

Snow showers are even predicted to hit as far south as London from9pm, with forecasters warning it will "feel like winter for a few days".

The yellow warning will remain in place until around 10am on Thursday morning, although the unsettled weather will continue into the weekend.

Up to 5cm of snow is set to fall over higher ground, as Met meteorologists said the mercury could fall to -8C on Thursday night.

Sub-zero temperatures are also possible overnight for much of the UK throughout the week.  

The icy plunge comes as the high-pressure system that brought sunshine skies shifts out to the South, introducing colder Arctic air from the North.

Rain and hill snow will continue south across England and Wales today, as the north of the country is battered by heavy sleet, hail and snow.

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Temperatures will again plummet overnight as the white stuff hits London this evening, seeing widespread frost.

Southern England and Wales will see cloudy skies tonight with rain, sleet and hill snow.

It remains mostly clear elsewhere, but sharp wintry showers will continue to blow in along cold north-easterly breezes.

The freezing conditions are expected to continue into Thursday before the unsettled them spirals into the weekend.

The mercury is set to plummet to -2C in London, before the heat picks back up again next week.

Chief Met meteorologist Steve Willington said: "Cold and unsettled weather is taking charge over much of the UK this week, as cold air is drawn in from the north and brings with it the risk of rain, sleet and snow.

"Although there's still some uncertainty on the exact positioning of snow showers, the trend is for a mix of sleet and snow to fall as a cold front moves from the north to the south from late Tuesday through to Thursday morning.

"Some clear spells are still around later in the week, with the best of any sunshine likely to be in the south and west of the UK, albeit feeling cold compared to last week."

The weather is then likely to continue its chaotic pattern as we head into April.

Showers or longer spells of rain are more likely to be seen across the UK, although short drier and more settled interludes are still possible.

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Thunder and hail are also on the cards before the middle of the month seems to bring back brighter conditions.

Temperatures are likely to be near average, with the south and southeast on the slightly warmer side.

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