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First snow of 2019 hits Britain as temperatures plunge

Snow has hit the length and breadth of Britain.

Several millimetres of the white stuff fell in a matter of minutes in Buckinghamshire all the way up to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh.

Forecasters warned some roads and railway lines were likely to be affected with longer journey times expected by bus and train, causing social media users to joke about the impending ‘snowmageddon’ on Facebook and Twitter.

Severe warnings were put in place across the entirety of the UK as a blast of Arctic air swept across the country, cutting daytime highs in half from around 11C to a chilly 5C.

Many Brits woke up to their first snowfall of the year on Thursday in places including London, Watford, Buckinghamshire, Coventry, Leicester, the Chilterns in the East of England, and Carnmoney in Northern Ireland.

There was a dusting of 1-2cm in many places, while up to 4cm fell in parts of northern England and Scotland.

The freezing conditions led to a Met Office ice warning for most of England and all of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, with police warning drivers to take extra care on the roads.

Read more: Met Office UK