On Sunday night temperatures fell to as low as -10C making it “the coldest night of the season so far,” with large snow drifts in many areas on the back of Storm Arwen.
Forecasters have warned that more snow could cause havoc across the UK on Monday and forecaster Tom Morgan said an “Arctic shot” is the cause for the sudden drop in the mercury.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for Monday as there could be some “tricky travel” as there is “Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, making accidents more likely and journey times longer.”
Morgan said, “As Storm Arwen is clearing out to Europe, a cold northerly flow of wind has been left behind in the UK, causing some of the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve seen.”
He added, “Though this is expected to be the exception rather than the rule, temperatures of below freezing will be widespread, including in London and the South East which could hit -2C.”
The Met Office has warned of dangers to pedestrians from ice covered pavements and there are hazardous driving conditions in some areas of the country.
James Madden, of Exacta Weather, said, “Into the final third of December we could see some sudden stratospheric movements bringing an even colder north-east or easterly wind that could persist for number of weeks.
“Snow on Christmas Day is more likely in the north of the country, but things can change rapidly and we can’t rule out festive snow anywhere.”