More snow for UK after coldest night in two years

More snow is on the way across large parts of Britain after the coldest night in almost two years.

Overnight temperatures plummeted with a low of -13.5C (7.7F) recorded in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie, while freezing temperatures were recorded as far south as Luton Airport.

The Met Office has updated a yellow “be aware” warning of snow and ice to cover much of Scotland, north Wales and England down to southern parts.

A horse in snowy conditions near Swinithwaite in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Image: A horse in snowy conditions near Swinithwaite in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The warning, which is effective from 6am to 6pm on Sunday, predicts snow on higher routes and says that rain may fall onto frozen surfaces for a time.

People are being warned to take extra care as icy patches are likely on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

There is also a possibility of some disruption to journeys by road, bus and train on affected routes.

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Traffic Scotland said drivers should check their routes before setting off and make sure they are carrying emergency supplies in case they are stranded.

North Wales Police said conditions on the roads were poor because of snow and ice, particularly on routes in Snowdonia and on the Isle of Man.

A skier enjoys the snow in the Yorkshire Dales

Image: A skier enjoys the snow in the Yorkshire Dales

Snowy conditions have seen crowds flock to Scottish ski resorts over the weekend.

On Friday in Glencoe, blizzard conditions hampered a rescue operation to save two skiers stranded without shelter at 3,000ft.

They were winched into a coastguard helicopter at first light on Saturday and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Ice is making conditions on roads dangerous

Image: Ice is making conditions on roads dangerous

Skiers heading to resorts are being warned not to park on the verges after disruption on Saturday and warned that cars causing obstructions may be seized.

Skiers faced six-mile tailbacks on their way to the slopes at Glencoe Mountain Resort to take advantage of the snowy conditions.

Drivers were forced to abandon their cars on the roads as they tried to reach the resorts where car parks were full.

Climbers are winched to safety in Glencoe

Image: Climbers are winched to safety in Glencoe

Saturday night brought the coldest temperature in the UK since 14 February 2016, when -14.1C (6.6F) was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

Homes have been evacuated and roads are blocked in north Devon following widespread flooding caused by heavy rain, police said.

People were forced to flee homes in Kentisbury, near Barnstaple, and other properties were flooded in Combe Martin on nearby Exmoor, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The A399 at Combe Martin has been closed following a landslide reported at 10.35am on Sunday with a police spokesman saying part of the carriageway has collapsed.

The A361 is also closed near Landkey in Barnstaple and mudslides have been reported at Muddiford, north of Barnstaple.

Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said temperatures will pick up during the new week.

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She added: “This is probably the last day of winter warnings.

“Any for the coming week will be wind and rain warnings. There could be some flooding from the combation of rain, snow and snowmelt.”