Snow in Worcester on Friday. PA
Britons have been warned to keep their shovels at hand as the snow and ice will continue to wreak havoc for days.
The Daily Mail
reports that by last night, airports had shut down, schools closed their doors and roads were gridlocked as 10 inches of snow was reported in parts of Wales, 3.5 inches fell in the Midlands and Wiltshire and 3 inches was recorded in North London.
Met Office chief forecaster Frank Saunders told the newspaper: 'Although some further snowfalls are likely, the focus switches to ice, with temperatures staying below zero over snow cover for many areas.'
The AA has advised that the continued icy temperatures and compacting snow could prove lethal for drivers and warned of 'treacherous driving conditions throughout the weekend' with any fresh snow on top just adding to the problems.
Just two inches of snow at Heathrow Airport was enough for a runway to be closed and 400 flights to be cancelled by the late afternoon.
In Birmingham, drivers reported 15-minute journeys taking six times longer and temperatures plummeted as low as minus 3C, with Warwickshire, Pershore and Worcestershire among the coldest locations.
And it doesn't look like we've seen the worst of the weather as more snow, frost and ice is forecast for the weekend and next week.
A snow plough at Heathrow on Friday. PA
Leon Brown of The Weather Channel
told AOL Travel
snow showers are expected this weekend, especially over the east, but some over the Midlands and also over London, with 1-3cm possible and up to 10cm over higher parts of East Scotland and northeast England.
Mr Brown said it will 'remain very cold with severe frosts next week.'
'We may see temperatures of minus 15 to minus 20C later in the week,' he said.
'There will be some more sleet and snow over the southwest and central Britain on Monday, and snow showers in the east again on Tuesday, while another band of sleet and snow moves over parts of southwest England.
But not much snow after Tuesday is expected and 'the main focus will be severe night frosts.'
Forecaster Charlie Powell of the Met Office told the Express
: 'Saying there is an ice risk almost everywhere sounds over the top, but there is, and it will continue well into next week as lying snow thaws and refreezes.
'The ice risk is the worst this winter and more widespread ice than last winter. Road users and pedestrians should take extra care.'
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Need something to look forward to? Book your summer 2013 holiday...
- Bargain Barbados
Book by 31 January and get a week of Caribbean luxury - complete with watersports, kids' club and three restaurants, including a Bajan Grill - for less than £1,000 per person. The four-star family-friendly Turtle Beach Resort is set right on the beach and offers cooking classes, snorkeling, sailing and kayaking. Kids can even have a go at Calypso and limbo dancing or swimming with turtles. Seven nights at Turtle Beach Resort costs from £899 per person (saving £170) based on four people sharing, including return flights from London. Visit <a href="http://www.dialaflight.com/hotels/caribbean/barbados/turtle-beach-resort/2029779/" target="_blank">dialaflight.com</a>.</p>
- Find magic in Mauritius
The new exotic four-star Ambre hotel sits on the east coast of Mauritius next to a tropical lagoon. The resort boasts 700m of white sand running along a sheltered bay and there's a distinctive focus on nature for both adults and children. There's plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and big game fishing as well as environmental excursions for families. <a href="http://www.kuoni.co.uk" target="_blank">Kuoni</a> offers seven nights all-inclusive at Ambre Mauritius from £1,670p per person. </p>
- Underwater in the UAE
Although it would be tempting just to admire the ocean from one of the sea-view rooms or the comfort of your sun lounger (especially as there is a 'call' button on each palm tree for summoning drinks), the Gulf of Oman really deserves a closer look. Explore the coral reefs and marine life scuba diving, snorkelling and try deep sea fishing for tuna, barracuda and kingfish. Booked through letsgo2, six nights at the 5 star Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort and Spa from 6th-13th July costs £2,083 for a family of four, which includes flights with Virgin. Visit <a href="http://www.letsgo2.com/dubai/hotels/le-meridien-al-aqah-beach-resort/default.aspx" target="_blank">letsgo2.com</a></p>
- Biking break in Britain
All-inclusive doesn't have to mean lounging on a beach in a exotic resort. Stay closer to home, and get down and dirty on a mountain biking adventure holiday in Wales. Accommodation is in a comfy converted barn and meals are as hearty as you need after a full day in the hills. A seven-night MudTrek holiday costs from £325 per person. Visit <a href="http://www.mudtrek.com" target="_blank">mudtrek.com</a>.</p>
- Club Med in China
China used to be the preserve of specialist holiday companies and organised tours, but with Club Med opening their second resort in Guilin in the summer, you can experience the region's stunning karst peaks, rice terraces and endearing rivers, while staying in familiar Club Med style, complete with masses of activities (including trying your hand on a flying trapeze, rock climbing and calligraphy classes) and the all-important kids clubs. A week costs from £1,845 per adult and £1,535 per child, including return flights from London. Visit <a href="http://www.clubmed.co.uk/cm/resort-guilin-china_p-341-l-EN-v-GUIC-ac-vh.html" target="_blank">clubmed.com</a></p>
- Yoga in Greece
Twice daily two hour-long yoga sessions overlooking the sea, super-healthy vegetarian meals al-fresco, kayaking around the island's shores, and lounging in hammocks. If you don't return from this 60 acre private Greek island fully relaxed and as bendy as an eight year old gymnast, well, you may just have to stay another week.. From £950 per person per week. Visit <a href="http://www.silversandyoga.com" target="_blank">silversandyoga.com</a>. </p>
- Couples only in Jamaica
Loved-up couples who don't want their love bubbles burst by noisy children or squabbles over the bar bill should head to a couples-only resort like Sandals in Jamaica, where you can enjoy the delights of unlimited scuba diving and top-shelf cocktails (not at the same time, obviously) and swim-up pool bars without getting drenched by tweenies practicing their cannonballs.Seven nights at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort costs from £1,735 per person, including return flights. Visit <a href="http://www.sandals.co.uk/main/ochorios/or-home.cfm" target="_blank">sandals.co.uk</a>.</p>
- High energy in Egypt
If you're worried about your teenage children getting bored and sulky on the family holiday, choose a resort like Egypt's El Gouna, which has watersports galore. As well as diving, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, wakesurfing and waterskiing, the resort is due to open a new Watersports Complex in July. Specially designed for experts and beginners alike, water skiers, wake boarders and wake skaters will be able to hone their skills and perfect their jumps on a series of sliders and kickers. Seven nights at the four star Mosaique Hotel in El Gouna costs from £759 per person, including return flights. Visit <a href="http://www.holiday-designers.com/egypt/el-gouna/mosaique" target="_blank">holiday-designers.com</a>.</p>
- Mega-luxe in The Maldives
For the total treat-of-a-lifetime tropical island experience, you can't beat The Maldives. Set on its own tropical island, the five star Kanuhura retreat boasts powder white beaches with daybeds, five restaurants, cocktail bars, spa, dive centre and a kids club. Departing 16-24 August 2013, Holidays Please has a seven-night stay at <a href="http://www.holidaysplease.co.uk/holidays/maldives-holidays/maldives/kanuhura"><span style="text-decoration: underline ; color: #2036fb">Kanuhura</span></a> from £2,910 per person (two sharing; seven nights for the price of five) including return flights from London, private transfers and beach villa accommodation. Visit <a href="http://www.holidaysplease.co.uk" target="_blank">holidaysplease.co.uk</a>.</p>
- Surf's up in Fuerteventura
Avoid the spare tyre souvenir you usually acquire on an all-inclusive holiday by spending less time sipping midday pina coladas and more time surfing, sea kayaking, swimming and stand-up paddling (all the celebs are doing it). A seven night surf holiday on Fuerteventura costs from £1,140 pp (ages 8+ – two sharing), including return flights from London. Visit <a href="http://www.activitiesabroad.com" target="_blank">activitiesabroad.com</a>.</p>
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- Gourmet Mexico
Buffet meals at some all-inclusive resorts can be slightly underwhelming, but at the Sensatori Mexico, food takes precedence over entertainment and there are six restaurants to choose from, including a Tuscan-style trattoria and an over-18s restaurant specializing in experimental cuisine. Grown-ups can also take advantage of the mojito lounge, serving 31 different types of mojito, swim-up bar, beach yoga and book swap areas, while children are taken care of in the kids' club. Seven nights at the Sensatori Mexico on a Gourmet Inclusive basis costs from £1279 per adult, including return flights from London. Visit <a href="http://www.thomson.co.uk/destinations/caribbean/mexico/mexico-caribbean-coast/riviera-maya/hotels/sensatori-resort-mexico.html" target="_blank">thomson.co.uk</a></p>