The temperature plunged to freezing in many areas and as the wintry downpours continued, there were warnings people could face power cuts and disruption to travel.
An amber alert was in place during the morning for East Anglia, while a yellow snow warning was in place for most of England and Scotland.
There were worries some isolated rural areas would be completely cut off as conditions worsened, with the Met Office urging motorists to accelerate their cars “gently” and to leave a large gap between surrounding vehicles.
Drivers heading towards London faced treacherous conditions as the capital and home counties were particularly badly hit.
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