now fell in London on Thursday morning as freezing temperatures hit the capital in a drastic change of conditions from last week’s sunny spell.
The mercury rose to 20C last week but snow and ice have replaced the warmer weather, with lows of -1C forecast for the weekend.
Locals in Harrow, west London, reported “short-lived” snowfall descending on the borough’s parks this morning.
Residents in Belsize Park, in north London, also reported a snow flurry lasting around ten minutes leaving the ground scattered in snowflakes.
A Met Office yellow weather warning for ice covering a large swathe of eastern Scotland, north-east England and Yorkshire until Thursday morning states that “snow and hail showers could lead to icy surfaces, with possible travel disruption.
Overnight wintry showers could see ” fairly widespread icy patches, particularly on untreated surfaces”.
It also adds that “some accumulations of snow are also possible”, particularly across eastern Scotland and hillier areas of north-east England.
With temperatures set to drop 10C lower than those registered last week, and well below average for this time of year, councils in Newcastle City, North Tyneside and Gateshead have all introduced their severe weather emergency protocols – which includes services to help people who are sleeping rough try to stay safe.
They are urging people to get in touch if they are worried about someone who is sleeping rough.
A spokesperson for the Met Office warned that more weather warnings could be issued for Friday morning.
Meteorologist Matty Box said that there was currently a “cold air mass” over the UK.
“There is an ice warning out at the moment. If there’s any melt and it refreezes over night then there’s an ice risk.
“I suspect there will be a similar risk for Thursday night to Friday morning.”
He added that there will be a similar chance of snow over Thursday night and Friday morning as well.
“It will be concentrated and there will be snow showers,” he said.
“It will be eastern and northern areas of the UK that are more likely to see any showers of rain, sleet or snow.”
The weather will then improve over the weekend, with some sunny spells.
“Showers will become less frequent, but still with the chance of some wintry showers effects in the east coast and the North Sea coast in particular through Saturday,” Mr Box said.
“There should be a fair amount of sunshine as well with sunny spells in between.”
Temperatures fell below freezing on Wednesday night through to Thursday morning, with councils issuing emergency protocols to deal with the sudden change.
Councils in Newcastle City, North Tyneside and Gateshead all introduced their severe weather emergency protocols on Wednesday night – which included services to help people who are sleeping rough try to stay safe.