The wintery conditions show no sign of stopping as a Met Office severe warning remains in place until tomorrow afternoon. Blizzard conditions caused serious travel disruption this evening which saw up to 12cm of snow fall in Cornwall in just a few hours. Southern England and Wales bared the full force of the arctic blast with 5cm recorded in Sennybridge, south Wales. 8cm in Spadeadam, Cumbria, and 7cm in Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire as temperatures plummeted.
Hundreds of motorists were left stranded in their cars on the A30 eastbound Cornwall during the evening rush hour which forced Highways England to issue a severe disruption warning.
Devon and Cornwall Police have said they are “working hard with partners to clear the stranded vehicles” on the A30 at Bodmin.
Vehicles could be seen skidding and sliding as the roads were completely covered due to the ‘whiteout’.
Matt Argyle, 46, who got stuck on the A30 travelling eastbound near Temple, said he had been sat in the same spot for five hours.
Snow flurries will continue and move eastwards overnight and the Met office has confirmed it will be -15.6 C in Braemar, Scotland which is colder than last nights low of -14.5 in Aberdeen and lowest temperature since 2010.
The Met office said: “Snow, initially moving north and east across parts of southern and southwestern England, the Midlands and Wales, will stall and tend to fragment.
“Wintry showers will continue in northern and eastern areas. Ice is likely in many parts overnight.”
The extreme temperatures has seen the River Dee in Aberdeenshire freeze over.
Chief meteorologist Dan Suri said: “As well as the amber warning, there are still yellow snow and ice warnings in place for a wider area across southern England and Wales and for the east of the UK and northern Scotland.”
Weather charts show the worst affected areas will be southern England and northern Scotland this evening, with up to 15cm of snowfall expected.
Early morning commuters can expect to be waking up to freezing temperatures and rail disruption during rush hour.
South Western Railway has already warned passengers that trains may be cancelled whilst work is done to check and clear the tracks.
British Airways has also canceled some short-haul flights tomorrow due to adverse weather conditions.
Meanwhile hundreds of schools are expected to be closed.
Wintery flurries will persist into the weekend with Saturday seeing outbreaks of sleet and snow in the south east of England and north west Scotland.
By Sunday snow showers would have cleared in large parts of England but Scotland will still see around 10 cm falling.