Expect travel misery in the north as snow and blizzards hit, while other parts of the UK are warned of disruption to come.
Snow has covered the north of the UK overnight as persistently cold weather keeps an unusual grip on March.
Spring seems to hide away from us. It is expected to continue to be cold for the next couple of days the whole country should be braced for further snow storms and cold wet weather throughout the week – and beyond
Heavy snow fell on Tuesday evening, leaving up to 10cm across lowlands and 25cm on higher ground – has fallen across Scotland.
The Met Office has issued amber alerts for many parts of Scotland, while gale force winds are also forecast.
Driving conditions have been made difficult and more than 100 schools have closed. Aberdeenshire and the Borders are among the worst hit areas.
Weather Presenter Isobel Lang warned people to prepare for disruption on traveling across Britain.
She said: “Heavy snow and strong winds will bring travel disruption today with the worst of the conditions likely to be across central and eastern Scotland, northeast England and Northern Ireland.
“Bitter east winds will blow the snow around causing drifting and blizzard conditions.”
The outlook for the rest of the UK also looks typically unseasonal.
Lang said: “Heavy showers in other parts of Britain could also bring hail, sleet or snow, especially later today and tonight.”
Meanwhile, the whole country should be braced for further snow storms and cold wet weather throughout the week – and beyond
“Concerns increase again, though, later in the week as wet and windy weather, preceded by snow, moves in across the southwest and spreads north across the country.
“Although rainfall totals may be enough to cause some problems across the south and southwest, it is likely to be snow that is most disruptive, especially across central and northern parts,” Lang said.
The latest snowy spell continues a cold month across the UK which has brought an unwelcome delay to springtime weather.
Forecasters said that while snow was not uncommon in March and it is quite unusual to have low temperatures at this time.
It is too early to predict if it will be a white Easter or not, but Lang warned that the run-up looked “unsettled and unspring-like”.
Update at 18:50
This Saturday evening. The weather continues to cause havoc in many parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland latest News suggest that two people have died.
A young man died in a “very tragic incident” after trying to get home in the snow in Burnley after a night out with friends.
The body was found covered in a deep snow by a farmer at 1.30pm but emergency services struggled to get to the area because of the weather conditions.
Chief Inspector Derry Crorken, of Burnley Police, said: “Early indications suggest that it appears to be a very tragic incident where a young man has been out with friends and has become caught up in the weather last night on his journey home.
“The snow and ice has been severe in the area with many roads not passable. I would urge people to take precautions and only go out if it is necessary and if you do go out then make sure friends and family know where you are and that you have suitable clothing on and your phone with you.”
His death is the second tragedy in the recent spell of bad weather. On Friday police in Looe, Cornwall, found a body in a block of flats that had been flattened by a landslide thought to have been triggered by torrential rain.
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