Britain's all-white! Band of snow drives across the country and there's more icy weather to come this afternoon as forecasters predict big freeze will last for a week
The heaviest snow for several years is falling today and almost every part of Britain will be hit, with forecasters predicting the freezing conditions are only going to get worse.
Up to 10cm will fall in places, making roads treacherous, and Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and Luton airports say that flights could be disrupted.
Forecasters have issued severe weather warnings for most of the UK and a large band of snow is running from eastern Scotland, down through eastern and central England and into London, causing rush hour chaos.
This bad weather could be the start of up to three weeks of freezing conditions, with Britain likely to be colder than Lapland by Wednesday.
The heaviest overnight snowfall was in Nottingham, across the Pennines and parts of Scotland.
Some schools in the East Midlands, particularly in Leicestershire and Rutland, were closed this morning.
The RAC rushed 40 4x4 rescue vehicles to worst-hit areas and projected 11,000 breakdowns by this evening - up 20 per cent.
East Anglia and areas north of London were it busiest zones, they said.
Spokesman Simon Williams said: 'We’ve significantly boosted overtime shifts for Tuesday to cope with another increase in demand.'
'The cold weather looks like it will run to the end of the week,' a Met Office spokesman told MailOnline.
'But it is a high pressure from Scandinavia, which means it will be mostly cold and dry, and probably not too much snow after today.'
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