Brits, including large parts of the south, wake up in winter scenes after THUNDERSNOW hits the north

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Families in Essex woke up this morning to winter scenes after a steep fall overnight in parts of the UK – defying forecasts by some meteorologists, the North would be mostly affected.

Surprised people living in the area – famous for the reality hit The Only Way Is Essex – as well as neighboring Kent and Suffolk came out of their beds to find polar landscapes through their windows as the sun rose from their counties .

And many in Edinburgh were already watching the icy sites, having been awakened from their slumber by a loud bang of the so-called ‘Thundering Snow’ in the Scottish city.

The sounds of “explosions” are a rare meteorological phenomenon, caused by thunder and lightning combined with snow.

This was the scene in Halstead, Essex this morning after a heavy snowfall last night stunned families across the county

A paperboy struggling in the snow in Colchester, Essex, after an unexpected overnight snowfall in the county

A paperboy struggling in the snow in Colchester, Essex, after an unexpected overnight snowfall in the county

A paperboy struggling in the snow in Colchester, Essex, after an unexpected overnight snowfall in the county

Colchester, Essex, covered in snow Friday morning towards the horizon after a night of constant cold weather

Colchester, Essex, covered in snow Friday morning towards the horizon after a night of constant cold weather

Colchester, Essex, covered in snow Friday morning towards the horizon after a night of constant cold weather

Motorists fighting in the snow in Colchester, Essex, as they attempt to make their way through the conditions

Motorists fighting in the snow in Colchester, Essex, as they attempt to make their way through the conditions

Motorists fighting in the snow in Colchester, Essex, as they attempt to make their way through the conditions

Bradford in West Yorkshire also experienced a large amount of snow, which covered much of the city.

This came as parts of the north were warned that they would continue to see “heavy snow” over the next 24 hours and could experience the lowest nighttime temperatures of the year, the Minister said. Met Office.

He warned that freezing temperatures could bring downpours in the form of sleet or snow in parts of Wales and southern England, such as Wiltshire and Hampshire.

A number of yellow ice and snow warnings have been put in place overnight over large areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland and extend as far as North Yorkshire.

The coldest weather is still expected in North West Scotland overnight, where temperatures could drop to minus 10 ° C (14 ° F).

The village of Red Lodge in Suffolk also experienced freezing weather, which covered the streets, houses, cars and gardens

The village of Red Lodge in Suffolk also experienced freezing weather, which covered streets, houses, cars and gardens

The village of Red Lodge in Suffolk also experienced freezing weather, which covered streets, houses, cars and gardens

Cornard in Suffolk faced similar winter conditions with the grass and hedges not visible at all through the fallen snow

Cornard in Suffolk faced similar winter conditions with the grass and hedges not visible at all through the fallen snow

Cornard in Suffolk faced similar winter conditions with the grass and hedges not visible at all through the fallen snow

In Bradford, West Yorkshire, the day started with icy views stretching as far as the eye could see as temperatures plummeted

In Bradford, West Yorkshire, the day started with icy views stretching as far as the eye could see as temperatures plummeted

In Bradford, West Yorkshire, the day started with icy views stretching as far as the eye could see as temperatures plummeted

Lewis Balog walks with his dog Luna in Queensbury, near Bradford, after the first snowfall of winter in West Yorkshire

Lewis Balog walks with his dog Luna in Queensbury, near Bradford, after the first snowfall of winter in West Yorkshire

Lewis Balog walks with his dog Luna in Queensbury, near Bradford, after the first snowfall of winter in West Yorkshire

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said the “heaviest snow” was likely to fall in England, Cumbria and the Pennines – where areas above 400m could see up to 10cm.

“It’s a significant amount of snow, especially in early December,” he said.

“The snowiest months are usually a bit later in winter, January and February, and it’s also very early in December at the moment. “

Mr Burkill added that conditions could “easily make this the coldest night of the year yet.”

The previous coldest temperature this year was recorded in Balmoral, Scotland, in February, where the mercury dropped to minus 10.2 ° C (13.6 ° F).

Light dust falls in rural Kent in Hamstreet village near Ashford after warnings UK could be hit by snow

Light dust falls in rural Kent in Hamstreet village near Ashford after warnings UK could be hit by snow

Light dust falls in rural Kent in Hamstreet village near Ashford after warnings UK could be hit by snow

Snow in Kent has started slightly, but the country is poised for heavier falls after meteorologists warn of a cold snap

Snow in Kent has started slightly, but the country is poised for heavier falls after meteorologists warn of a cold snap

Snow in Kent has started lightly, but the country is set for heavier falls after meteorologists warn of a cold snap

Snow fell from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning in Shotts, a town in North Lanarkshire between Glasgow and Edinburgh

Snow fell from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning in Shotts, a town in North Lanarkshire between Glasgow and Edinburgh

Snow fell from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning in Shotts, a town in North Lanarkshire between Glasgow and Edinburgh

Snow fell early Thursday morning on an Anniesland road in Glasgow's West End where there was a brief flurry of snow

Snow fell early Thursday morning on an Anniesland road in Glasgow's West End where there was a brief flurry of snow

Snow fell early Thursday morning on an Anniesland road in Glasgow’s West End where there was a brief flurry of snow

Snow settled in Shotts in Scotland on Wednesday evening, with weather warnings in place for parts of the country from Thursday to Friday

Snow settled in Shotts in Scotland on Wednesday evening, with weather warnings in place for parts of the country from Thursday to Friday

Snow settled in Shotts in Scotland on Wednesday evening, with weather warnings in place for parts of the country from Thursday to Friday

The Met Office said the cold snap is expected to last until Friday, but the weekend will see milder weather and even some sunshine.

He added that next week’s temperatures would be lower than the average annual temperature, which is typically around 7 to 9 ° C (45 to 48 ° F).

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