Forecasters are warning of a potential ‘risk to life’ as up to 11 inches of snow could drape parts of the country, with a string of weather warnings in force all week.
Issuing an amber weather warning for snow the Met Office said Brits should expect travel delays today with vehicles and passengers stranded as well as communities cut off and power cuts.
Images shared on social media this morning have revealed the extent of the wintry conditions battering parts of the UK, with a lorry jack-knifed on the M62 in northern England.
Parts of the region can also expect more heavy snowfall today, the Met Office has said, with rural communities at risk of becoming cut off and widespread travel disruption likely.
An amber weather warning for snow is in force across much of South Yorkshire, and parts of Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester as of 3am this morning until 1pm.
Between 3cm and 8cm of snow is likely across the area, with 10cm to 15cm possible in areas above 200 metres.
Forecasters said motorists who brave the roads are at risk of becoming stranded, while rail and air cancellations are likely.
Power cuts and disruption to mobile phone coverage are also expected, while rural communities face being cut off completely.
Over the next seven days, much of Scotland is also bracing for days of icy and snowy conditions.
Elsewhere there is a yellow weather warning for rain and snow across County Derry and County Antrim in Northern Ireland in force until midday on Tuesday, meaning flooding is possible.
An alert for snow and ice is also in place from central Scotland down to the Midlands until midnight on Tuesday, which is likely to affect public transport and motorists.
Between 5cm and 10cm of snow could fall over higher ground in southern Scotland and northernmost counties in England with the possibility of 20cm or more across the highest roads.
As much as 40cm could accumulate across the Grampians in Scotland, forecasters said.
It is a much milder picture further south, but with the milder weather comes persistent rain and multiple flood risks.
There are currently 53 flood warnings from the Environment Agency in place across England, with a further 154 flood alerts.
Jason Kelly, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, said: “While the south of the UK hangs on to the milder air for much of this week as we approach the weekend, the area of low pressure responsible for the snow across the north of the UK will clear, allowing colder air to push south and west across much of the country.
“Further snow is expected for most parts of Scotland on Friday, while Saturday will be cold for all.”
Heavy snow affecting parts of northern England and southern Scotland, mostly turning to rain in northern England. Brighter and very mild further south, with bands of heavy showers. Wintry showers far north.
Rain over northern parts with snow mainly for higher ground of Scotland. Becoming windier in north. Some drier spells in south but heavier rain moving across the far south later.
Rain in south clearing eastwards. Rain continuing for northern areas, particularly Scotland where some snow, particularly for higher parts in the east. Cold and windy in north.