The travel chaos will hit the UK for a second morning as the British woke up in London to more freezing fog and zero temperatures – but the weather will be mild by the end of the week.
The overnight freezing temperatures was followed by a blanket of fog with a weather warning for travel disruptions that stretched from the south coast to the east coast to Lincolnshire.
Today's cold start comes when the odds of a White Christmas in London and other parts of the country drop to 3-1.
Temperatures in Norwich, Peterborough and Southampton were below freezing this morning as mercury hit a low of -5.4 ° C in Tulloch Bridge, Scotland on Monday.
A weather warning of downpours in the Scottish highlands remains in place today after the Met Office forecast that up to 50mm of rain could fall within 24 hours.
There was thick fog in Oxfordshire this morning as the Met Office warned that visibility could drop to less than 100m, causing difficult driving conditions and some transportation disruption.
The Met Office warned there could be some icy spots on the road this morning as England woke to freezing temperatures overnight
It was a cold and foggy start in London today as the British woke to freezing temperatures and a yellow warning of fog that could disrupt the trip
Fog and frosty starts are expected to clear later this week. Wind and rain are followed by milder weather
LATEST ODDS FOR WHITE CHRISTMAS
- Glasgow 3/1
- Aberdeen 3/1
- Edinburgh 3/1
- Dundee 3/1
- London 4/1
- Dublin 4/1
- Leeds 5/1
- Liverpool 5/1
- Birmingham 5/1
- Belfast 5/1
- Manchester 5/1
- Bristol 6/1
- Norwich 6/1
- Cardiff 6/1
The Met Office today forecast rain in the north and fog in the southeast as temperatures remain cool.
However, the fog warning, which should end around 11 a.m., is most likely causing problems.
The Met Office guidelines for today are, “Visibility in locations that create difficult driving conditions and some transportation disruptions is likely to be less than 100 meters. The strange icy stretch is also possible. & # 39;
The full forecast for the day adds, “Rain bursts across Scotland moving south to hit parts of Northern Ireland, Northern England and Wales. Some showers in the southwest and also in the extreme southeast. Some sunny stretches elsewhere, but wafts of fog are slowly clearing up and feeling cold.
The evening mist in the southeast is expected to clear with clouds and patchy rain later today.
Frost can settle in western parts as clearer skies approach.
The weekend temperatures are expected to calm down and become milder on Wednesday and Thursday after wet and windy weather.
Paddy Power has lowered the chances of a white Christmas across the UK.
The odds in London are now 4: 1, yesterday from 11: 2.
A Paddy Power spokesman said: “The chances of snow on Christmas Day have decreased in some areas due to the recent cold snap.
"The good news is you may be trapped in your house on the 25th. The bad news is you may also be trapped with some annoying in-laws. Surely it could make you wish yourself a holiday for a household. «
The shortest odds are in Scotland, with odds of 3/1 in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.
A weather warning is in place in foggy conditions as there is traffic on the M25 in Buckinghamshire this morning following an accident. The probability of a white Christmas in the capital is reduced to 4-1
Foggy conditions at Dunsden today follow similar sights on yesterday's roads that caused accidents in Wiltshire, Wolverhampton and North Yorkshire
Londoners woke to temperatures of 0 ° C this morning but milder conditions are expected to come later this week
The probability of a white Christmas in London was 11/2 yesterday but has been lowered to 4/1 following the recent cold snap in the south
The rain is expected to move south later this week, putting an end to the cold snap across the UK
There are odds of 4/1 in London and Dublin and 5/1 in Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham.
Fog patches wreaked havoc on UK roads yesterday, including in Wiltshire where a "death trap" van was stranded on the M4.
Traffic police said that with a view restricted by the blanket of freezing fog and no skylights on this stretch, motorists would not have seen the twisted turtle cart in the dark.
Amazingly, the vehicles managed to turn around and a tragedy was narrowly avoided – police cars sped to the scene to lock the van and stop traffic.
Elsewhere on the roads, a driver with only minor injuries escaped unscathed after straying from a foggy road at Saltersgate Bank near Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
The fog is expected to clear around 11 a.m. today and the evening fog is expected to subside as well, before milder conditions set in later this week
As the British woke to frigid temperatures this morning, the Met Office today maintained its weather warnings of fog and rain in England and Scotland
After a misty start in Windlesham, Surrey, the chances of a white Christmas this morning have narrowed, with odds of just 3-1 in Scotland
The weekend temperatures are expected to calm down and get milder on Wednesday after wet and windy weather