A flurry on wintery showers has affected large parts of south wales and western parts of England as the big freeze begins. The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for potential snow showers across the region late last night. Travel Somerset has confirmed the wintery conditions are set to continue with further flurries of rain and sleet.
Images emerging from the south west county shows motorists trying to battle the elements as a blanket of snow covers major routes across the region.
On Thursday the B 3224 was closed by police between Wheddon Cross and Beulah Chapel after a vehicle was left stuck in the snow.
UK weather: A driver is forced to push their vehicle through the snow in Somerset(Image: SWNS)
UK weather: Heavy snow showers have left cars stranded in Somerset(Image: ASPolice West Somerset)
A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “Snow on higher ground is causing some disruption with the B 3224 between Wheddon Cross and Beulah Chapel.
“The road is currently closed by police due to a stuck vehicle .
“We have gritters in the area.”
Several other motorists have been seen gettin g into difficulty with the snow and have been forced to abandon their vehicle.
UK weather: A 4×4 vehicle battles through the snow on the B 3224(Image: SWNS)
On the B 3224 at Raleighs Cross a driver and passenger were seen pushing their vehicle through the snow.
Avon and Somerset Police has described the scenes at “treacherous” across Exmoor in west Somerset .
The force said: “Beautiful but treacherous scenes in Exmoor this morning.
“Please remember to drive to the con ditions, and prepare for your journey, with warm clothing, charged phone etc, in case of breakdown or emergency. ”
UK weather: A blanket of snow covers a Carvery restaurant in Somerset(Image: SWNS)
Travel Somerset has confirmed glitters are out in force.
It wrote on Twitter: “Latest reports from our #SomersetGrit teams suggest #snow is increasingly turning to sleet and rain.
“This means a risk of standing water and localized flooding, with the # A 358 Halsway Hill among areas affected. ”
The Met Office said “Slushy snow” will settle on roads on higher ground in Wales and western parts of England.
A spokesman said: “There will be some snow affecting higher roads in Wales and some western parts of England.
“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected by lying snow, with longer journey times by road, bus and train.
“It will be mainly a mix of rain and sleet at lower levels, but with snow falling on hills above 100 to (m.
“Some slushy snow settling on roads above 200 – 300 m, with a few cm possible on the highest routes. “
UK weather: Facts about snow in the UK(Image: EXPRESS)
Netweather.tv forecaster Terry Scholey said outbreaks of rain will continue across England and Wales with snow showers moving north.
The cold weather system is set to see temperatures plummet to lows of -2C in Scotland and highs of just 4C elsewhere.
Mr Scholey said: “After dark, much of England and Wales continue to see cloud and outbreaks of rain, but thankfully, these should tend to become lighter and more patchy through the night.
“Eastern Scotland and coasts of Northern Ireland and Wales exposed to a fresh Northerly wind will also see some showers giving mostly hill snow, with skies breaking elsewhere at times to provide clear intervals.
“Here the emphasis will be on dry weather with another frost that could see temperatures falling to -2C in some Highland glens and sheltered rural parts of Northern Ireland.
“Elsewhere although feeling raw, the cloud and wind should prevent temperatures from falling below 2 to 4C. ”