Wintry showers hit UK and much more to follow

Met Office in-depth look at this week's colder weather

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Snow has blanketed much of Scotland, forcing more than 50 school closures thus far. But now, in northern England, the first sporadic wintry showers have been witnessed. In Billingham, Teesside, in north east England the first flakes have hit, but reports at the moment are that it’s very thin on the ground, and not having much impact on transport infrastructure. Places that have not had snow will have still woken up to ice and scraping the car windscreen this morning – and despite much of this thawing out in the south, it’ll be round two again tonight. 

According to a live snow tracker, the Kettering area of the West Midlands has also seen a flurry of snow – which at the moment is the furthest most southerly point. And, wedged between central England and the north east, Stockton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, has also seen some snow this afternoon. 

Carlisle, just eight miles from the Scottish border, began getting some snow just before 2pm, according to an interactive map. The Met Office has warned this would be the case as part of its yellow weather warning for snow and ice – with many of these covering large parts of all four nations up until Sunday.

This is an ongoing, emerging story. Keep up-to-date with our live updates.

Is this weather set to stay?

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, Jason Kelly, said: “Through the weekend and into next week cold weather will continue, with an ongoing chance of wintry showers, mainly for coasts, and freezing fog patches inland. An area of low pressure may then threaten southern and southwestern parts of the UK through mid-week.

“Confidence in the exact track of this system is low, but should it push precipitation into the UK, then this would readily turn to snow, with a lower chance of freezing rain. How far north the milder air gets is also open to a lot of uncertainty, but for now, many central and northern areas are likely to remain in the Arctic airmass.”

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