Britain had more wintry weather today before the first weekend of December, with up to four inches of snow and temperatures as low as -10 ° C.
Snow fell overnight in much of Scotland and areas of northern England, including the Pennines and Yorkshire Moors, resulting in icy conditions this morning that could cause travel disruptions.
Beautiful photos showed North Yorkshire under a blanket of white material as well as parts of Scotland and Wales. More were out this morning before another warning from the Met Office for 3 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow.
The coldest weather is expected tonight in western Scotland where temperatures can drop to a freezing -10 ° C. Parts of the south will also feel the winter chill, with temperatures dropping to -1 ° C in London.
The Met Office said there would be brighter weather and even some sunshine over the weekend, but temperatures for the next week would be lower than the average, which is usually between 7 ° C and 9 ° C.
Snow is falling in North Yorkshire today and the UK is expecting more wintry weather before the first weekend of December
A train runs along the tracks in snowy North Yorkshire today. Great Britain expects more wintry weather in the next few days
Snow is falling on the hills of North Yorkshire today and there are weather warnings for ice and snow in parts of the UK
An icy road in North Yorkshire is pictured this morning. Great Britain expects more wintry weather in the next few days
Snow is falling on the hills of North Yorkshire this morning as parts of the UK have been placed under a weather warning
A postcard landscape in North Yorkshire this morning as snow fell on the hills – with more on the way
An icy road is pictured in North Yorkshire this morning after snow fell on the hill. Great Britain expects more winter weather
Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said, “This week is sure to be wintry, and colder weather conditions risk frost, ice and wintry showers.
& # 39; The risk of snow building up is largely confined to the northern half of the UK – mainly over higher elevation areas in Scotland, Wales and northern England.
"On Thursday morning, parts of northwest Scotland were able to accumulate 2 cm of snow at low levels, with 2-5 cm accumulating over 200 m and up to 10 cm over the highest stretches, causing some travel disruptions."
Douglas Cairns, operator of traffic in Scotland, said a record number of spreaders had been made available to keep traffic moving this winter.
"The winter's first severe weather warning of snow and ice is always a timely reminder for people to check that they are ready for winter and have made appropriate preparations," he said.
A car drives through a wintry landscape on a mountain road in the Elan Valley near Rhayader in Powys, Wales this morning
Snow is starting to melt on cars in Glasgow this morning after falling overnight. Parts of Scotland are under a weather warning
Snow fell until this morning in Shotts, a town in North Lanarkshire between Glasgow and Edinburgh
This morning snow fell on a road in Anniesland in the West End of Glasgow where it briefly rained heavily
There was snow overnight in Shotts, Scotland, and there were weather warnings for parts of the country today and tomorrow
Traffic Scotland cameras today captured the snow and provided a record number of spreaders to keep traffic moving
However, deputy chief meteorologist Dan Harris said that despite the cold and choppy weather – including freezing fog – not all is "doom and darkness."
How 2020 will be one of the hottest years ever
This year is well on the way to becoming one of the hottest in the ongoing climate crisis, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced.
It was "another exceptional year" for the climate as heat waves, forest fires, hurricanes and floods exacerbated the threats to human life, health and safety caused by the pandemic, the UN agency warned.
The average global temperature in 2020 is projected to be 1.2 ° C (34.2 ° F) above the pre-industrial baseline from 1850 to 1900. That shows a preliminary analysis for January through October, making it one of the three hottest years on record.
This year is currently in second place after 2016 and before 2019, although the difference between the years is small and could change once the full year numbers are available.
The hottest year on record, 2016, was a powerful El Nino event – a climate pattern in the Pacific that is driving global temperatures up in addition to the effects of man-made global warming.
WMO Secretary General Professor Petteri Taalas said, however, that the world is currently experiencing a La Nina moment that will cool global temperatures, but "it will not be enough to curb this year's heat".
"We are monitoring other areas where there is a risk of snow disruption – particularly central and south-east England and the hills of northern England," he said.
“It will stay cold into the weekend, with rain, showers and mountain snow in many areas, along with night frosts.
“We have also seen some stubborn areas of freezing fog continue to develop that can last all day at this time of year.
"It's not all doom and gloom though, as there's likely an increased likelihood of dry, bright, and maybe even sunny weather as the weekend progresses."
This weekend highs of only 7 ° C are expected in the southeast.
The weather is expected to remain "choppy and quite cold" until the middle of the month and it will be "temporarily windy with the risk of coastal storms".
However, the Met Office said there is sometimes the option of "drier and brighter" interludes.
The long-term forecast says: "Should fixed intervals develop, night frosts and a higher probability of fog will be more widespread."
Forecasters predict that the cool and unexplained conditions could continue into the Christmas season – with a possible white Christmas.
The Met Office said the final fortnight of December should remain "changeable", with "outbreaks of rain and showers at times, particularly in the east and south".
"Snow will most likely stay over the hills but could fall at lower levels at times," added the long-term forecast.
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