UK weather forecast: HEAVY SNOW blankets Britain in -12C FREEZE today as Met Office ice warning covers the country

SNOW has blanketed the UK in a -12C deep freeze today – as weather forecasters warn more treacherous conditions are on the way.

The Met Office is now advising Brits to take extra care as thunder, hail and “severe” ice continue to cause widespread disruption across Britain.

Forecasters are predicting that wintry showers currently hammering the west will move eastwards, slamming central and eastern parts of England.

Up to 4cm snow is expected to accumulate today in hilly regions, with sleet more widespread across the UK.

Some light snow was also seen down in south-east England as the wintry front moved through from the north-west.

The freezing conditions are likely to wreak widespread disruption on roads, causing potentially severe delays for motorists.

BBC journalist Carol Kirkwood reported this morning that the Snake Pass in Derbyshire had already been closed due to snow and fog.

Highways England warned motorists that it was snowing “quite heavy” on the M62 trans-Pennine route, where efforts were under way to keep the road open using ploughs and salt.

On the M6 snow caused the closure of the southbound entry sliproad at junction four overnight, although the road was reopened in the early hours.