First snow hits UK with photos showing brutal weather and perilous conditions

Snow ploughs have been out in force after the first heavy snow of the year settled in parts of the UK creating hazardous conditions.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning on Saturday ahead of predicted snowfall set to blast Britain

Temperatures have plummeted in recent days and for locals in Cumbria, road signs are already freezing over and snow ploughs deployed to clear perilous roads.

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Photos from the village of Nenthead, one of England's highest villages, show a picture postcard but perilous situation – a sign of what the rest of Britain can expect into next week.

Temperatures are set to nosedive from Wednesday, dropping below zero overnight across much of the country.

The Met Office said there will be widespread frost across in northern Scotland overnight into Monday, but the breeze will stop temperatures from falling too low.

Forecasters have warned up to 10cm of snow could fall amid fears of strong blizzards in Scotland next week.

And Northern Ireland and parts of northern England will also be hit by snow showers.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering the north of the country on Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to plummet.

Experts say they expect between 2cm and 5cm of snow to settle in lower areas, which could rise to 10cm at higher levels. Combined with strong northerly winds and blizzard conditions, it could cause travel chaos.

The Met Office said: "Showers will fall as snow to low levels on Wednesday. Accumulations of 2-5 cm are possible at lower levels, with 5-10 cm above 200 metres, with some drifting and blizzard conditions in the strong northerly winds."

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The weather warning is in place all day on Wednesday and covers Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar and Orkney & Shetland.

Scotland is likely to face the first snowfall of the season over the next couple of days, thanks to a wintry storm named the 'Troll of Trondheim'.

Forecasters have said it's down to a spell of low pressure originating from Norway which will hit the UK, resulting in plunging temperatures and snow.

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