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UK weather: ‘Mini Beast from East’ sweeps in icy winds and sub-zero chills

Drivers have been urged to remain vigilant on the slippery roads as wet and wintry weather lingers across the UK today.

Rain, sleet and snow have fallen over parts of Britain after a cold blast arrived from eastern Europe. The Met Office said the foul weather will ease later this morning.

Meanwhile Southern Rail passengers faced delays due to ice preventing trains getting electricity from the third rail – with disruption between Barnham and Horsham in Sussex, and Purley and Tattenham Corner in Surrey. 

A crashed car, with an object protruding through the windscreen, sits abandoned on the A628 in the Peak District today

A cold morning in Ceredigion, West Wales, today after overnight snow covers the hilltops near Devil's Bridge

A cold morning in Ceredigion, West Wales, today after overnight snow covers the hilltops near Devil’s Bridge

Snow falls over the Pennines this morning - leaving areas like Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire under a blanket of snow

Snow falls over the Pennines this morning – leaving areas like Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire under a blanket of snow

Snowfall in Brighton in the early hours of this morning came as a shock to many residents on the Sussex coast

Snowfall in Brighton in the early hours of this morning came as a shock to many residents on the Sussex coast

Snow falls overnight on the A57 Snake Pass from Bamford into Glossop in Derbyshire as high level routes are affected

Snow falls overnight on the A57 Snake Pass from Bamford into Glossop in Derbyshire as high level routes are affected

Twitter user 'Caro27' took this photograph of snow falling in a garden in North Kent last night

Twitter user ‘Caro27’ took this photograph of snow falling in a garden in North Kent last night

Twitter user 'Justin', from Canterbury, took this picture of snow that he saw last night in Kent

Twitter user ‘Justin’, from Canterbury, took this picture of snow that he saw last night in Kent

Met Office senior meteorologist Simon Partridge said last night: ‘Give yourself some extra time with your journeys. There is some heavy rain around.’

The heaviest rainfalls were recorded in Yorkshire, with Hull receiving about 0.8in (20mm) in 48 hours.

Snow fell in parts of Kent, Exmoor in Devon and also across the Pennines in the North of England, while strong winds buffeted the coast.

‘We will see further snow over the high ground in England and Scotland. But it will be fairly wet stuff so it won’t stay for long,’ Mr Partridge said.

The gusty winds, coming across from Russia and Poland, made the weather feel even colder after a warm summer and spring, Mr Partridge added.

Snow is falling over parts of England this morning, including Kent, Devon and the Pennines

Snow is falling over parts of England this morning, including Kent, Devon and the Pennines

The outlook for today is sunny and cloudy for most of England, with rain in Scotland and Wales

The outlook for today is sunny and cloudy for most of England, with rain in Scotland and Wales

But the cold blast and rain is predicted to ease on Wednesday as winds shift to a south-easterly direction. ‘We will get back into a dryer spell,’ Mr Partridge said.

Meteorologists are working on a longer-term winter forecast, and they expect it could be a wet season.

But at this stage they are not exactly sure what kind of winter the UK is in for. ‘There are very little signs either way,’ meteorologist Martin Bowles said.

‘Climatology is saying it will be mostly wet and windy with a couple of colder spells. But we’re not expecting anything record-breaking at the moment.’

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