More snow is expected throughout the day and over the weekend in parts of the country as temperatures drop, forecasters have warned.
Some regions will see hail and light snow, while other regions will need to prepare for more disruptive snow and ice.
Two yellow weather warnings for ice are in place today over large swaths of the North East and Scotland, as well as one for parts of the Kent coast.
Bookmakers are predicting that 2022 could see the coldest April on record as more snow and ice are expected in large parts of the country and temperatures could drop to -8C overnight.
Betting company Ladbrokes gave odds of just 6/4 that this April could enter the record books as the coldest April on record.
And arctic temperatures accompany the snow, with some remote rural areas of Scotland dropping to -8C overnight. Sub-zero temperatures are expected overnight for large parts of the UK, according to the Met Office.
An ice and snow warning has been issued across the far south east of the UK, with the potential for ice patches and some travel disruption.
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There will be wind in the east and south-east with local gales possible on the East Anglia and Kent coasts. Wintry showers will continue to push south across the country into Friday, with a windy day for many.
North East England has already reported severe weather disruption.
Earlier this morning Northumbria Police asked commuters to avoid the A68 as they faced reports of snow in the area. It was reported that the road was blocked due to a number of stuck trucks.
Chronicle Live reports that the A68 is now clear, but police are still urging drivers to be careful.
A tweet from Durham Police said: “You may have noticed it’s snowing…! The roads are congested and there are accidents/traffic jams as a result. Please slow down, keep your distance and allow plenty of time for your trip.”
Leading meteorologists have predicted the following conditions for Friday: “Another cool day, although less cold during sunny spells.
“There will be further wintry showers throughout the day, these will be more frequent along the coast, with the possibility of snowfall and hail. A windy day for many. Maximum temperature 7°C .”
In a day-to-day breakdown, the Met Office will see both sunny spells and wintry showers today, with ice possible as mentioned in large parts of the North East, Scotland and the UK. extreme south east of England.
There is a risk of ice in the east this evening with rain and ice pellets in the west and continuing to move south. Snow on the hills is expected in these areas, and it could reach low levels in places. Widespread frosts are forecast elsewhere.
Going into this weekend, Saturday will be a cold start, although it should be a little milder in the West with thicker clouds and showers.
It will feel quite wintry, but mainly in the uplands of Wales and the South West before clearing. There will be sunshine and scattered showers elsewhere.
Sunday will be dry and bright in the South, while it will remain quite rainy and cloudy elsewhere. It will be most persistent in the northwest with brighter periods in the southeast.
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: ‘As cold air continues to be sucked in from the north, winter showers are likely to affect nearly all parts of the UK.
“While there is unlikely to be widespread snow accumulations, there is a risk of disturbance in eastern and southeastern regions. Best of all clear and sunny spells for the rest of this week will probably be in the south and west of the UK, but it will certainly be colder than during the past week.
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “We were teased with a scorching end to March but the latest odds suggest April could be a record breaker for all the wrong reasons with temperatures poised to drop.”
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Falling temperatures are a risk for some gardeners across the country. Guy Barter of the Royal Horticultural Society said: “Cold weather will stunt plant growth and inhibit pollination of plums and pears, as insects fly less in cold, dull weather.
“Limited rains will help new plantings of peas and carrots, for example, as well as lettuce and other newly planted plants, but should not significantly delay planting and planting once conditions improve. Tender plants, petunias and tomatoes for example, won’t be put outside for at least a month, but lower light affects greenhouses and will slow their growth.
Temperatures are expected to gradually warm over the weekend so will be closer to average for this time of year towards the start of next week.