1snowLarge parts of the UK are expected to see snow today with forecasters warning of travel disruption. Winter is set to sweep in early today with snowfall of up to 6-inches deep.

Temperatures fell as far as -5C in central England overnight on Monday bringing frost to most parts before the arrival of sleet and snow from the west later. Forecasters have issued a weather warning covering much of northern England and Scotland to come into effect from midday.

Wintry conditions are expected to continue until rush hour on Wednesday morning as a band of wintry weather moves slowly eastwards. Drivers are being urged to take care as snow falls overnight, with 4cm to 8cm (1.5ins to 3ins) across some areas and as much as 15cm possible on higher ground.

Meanwhile there is a risk of gales of up to 50mph developing in the south west on Wednesday before moving along the Channel. Met Office forecaster Emma Sillitoe said: “We have had a few wintry showers but this is the first event where more people are going to be affected.”