UK weather forecast: Thundersnow to hit as ice warning in place for ENTIRE country

Forecasters are warning of travel chaos throughout this morning, after rain -drenched ground begins to freeze as temperatures plunge

Met Office ice warnings are in place for most of the country this morning as a band of thundersnow moves in.

Forecasters are warning of travel chaos throughout this morning, after the rain -drenched ground begins to freeze as temperatures plunge.

The “thundersnow” front – which is the formation of thunderstorms in wintry conditions – is mainly expect to hit northern and western parts of the UK, with the chance of thunder, lightning and heavy snow showers.

Showers are forecast to continue to bring rain, sleet or snow at times as the day progresses, although significant flurries are expected to remain limited to higher ground.

Temperatures in London and Cardiff are expected to peak at 5C, while Birmingham will see highs of 3C and 2C in Edinburgh.

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.

Meanwhile a fleet of 32 gritters was out in south-west Scotland where Transerv described conditions as “baltic”.

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

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans said: “Most of the country is in the colder and showery air. The snow is mainly on the hills, while for most places the showers are falling as rain and maybe a bit of sleet.