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UK weather: Britons joke of #SNOW and panic buying after 'Mini Beast from East'

Don’t panic, there’s enough bread and milk for everyone! Britons joke as ‘Mini Beast from the East’ brings dusting of snow… before milder weather is back tomorrow

  • Temperatures will fall to as low as -6C (21F) tonight after millions of people awake to frost and icy conditions
  • First flurries hit high ground on hills but snow also fell as far south as Brighton and Devil’s Dyke in Sussex
  • Motorists are warned of hazardous driving conditions on the Pennines between Lancashire and Yorkshire
  • Southern Rail passengers faced delays due to ice preventing trains getting electricity from the third rail
  • By tomorrow, warmer air from the South will bring some relief to commuters, but cold winds will remain
  • ** Have you taken any photographs of the snow this morning? Please email: pictures@mailonline.co.uk **

Britons made fun of each other ‘panic buying’ today after the country endured its first significant snowfall in eight months as winter warned it is on its way with icy winds.

Temperatures are expected to fall to as low as -6C (21F) tonight after millions of people woke up to frost and icy conditions this morning – with snow falling as far south as Brighton and Devil’s Dyke in the South Downs of Sussex.

The first flurries of snow hit high ground on hills in northern England, Wales and Scotland as November closes with an icy blast after the mercury dipped to below freezing overnight. But warmer air will bring some relief tomorrow.

Social media users joked about people panic buying, with one saying: ‘People of Great Britain, the important thing is not to panic. There will be enough bread and milk for everyone. Snow is an ordinary phenomenon in winter.’

Motorists were warned of hazardous driving conditions on the Pennines between Lancashire and Yorkshire, with the Snake Pass between Manchester and Sheffield among the main roads covered in a blanket of snow.

Meanwhile Southern Rail passengers faced delays due to ice preventing trains getting electricity from the third rail – with disruption between Barnham and Horsham in Sussex, and Purley and Tattenham Corner in Surrey. 

A woman near the Snake Pass in Derbyshire, as a blast of snow hits the North of England today

A woman near the Snake Pass in Derbyshire, as a blast of snow hits the North of England today

Snow falls over the Pennines this morning, leaving areas like Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire under a blanket of snow

Snow falls over the Pennines this morning, leaving areas like Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire under a blanket of snow

Snowy conditions for motorists on the road between Hay-on-Wye and Llanthony on the Herefordshire-Welsh border today

Snowy conditions for motorists on the road between Hay-on-Wye and Llanthony on the Herefordshire-Welsh border today

Andrew Hields, the co-owner of the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire, looks out from Britain's highest pub in the snow today

Andrew Hields, the co-owner of the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire, looks out from Britain’s highest pub in the snow today

A crashed car, with an object protruding through the windscreen, sits abandoned on the A628 in the Peak District today

A crashed car, with an object protruding through the windscreen, sits abandoned on the A628 in the Peak District today

A cold morning in Ceredigion, West Wales, today after overnight snow covers the hilltops near Devil's Bridge

A cold morning in Ceredigion, West Wales, today after overnight snow covers the hilltops near Devil’s Bridge

A road winds through white fields near the Hope Valley in Derbyshire today after snowfall over the hills of the Peak District

A road winds through white fields near the Hope Valley in Derbyshire today after snowfall over the hills of the Peak District

Gritters were sent out this afternoon in Derbyshire as snow began to settle, with patrols on the roads throughout the night on other routes including the Woodhead Pass and the Cat and Fiddle near Macclesfield.

Higher ground in the South West of England and Wales may see a dusting today, with light snow falling in the Cotswolds. In the South, motorists were warned showers and freezing temperatures meant a risk of ice.

A cold night with clear skies is forecast tonight, with a widespread frost and more chilly weather for the weekend. By tomorrow, warmer air from the South will bring some relief to commuters, but the cold winds will remain.

Highs of 9C (48F) are expected in the South West by tomorrow , although the wind will leave it feeling closer to 4C (39F). The day should be mostly dry across the country, with outbreaks of patchy rain.

Twitter users joked that people had gone ‘gaga’ over the snow – while one admitted: ‘Good job I’m working from home today’

Snow is falling over parts of England this morning, including Kent, Devon and the Pennines

Snow is falling over parts of England this morning, including Kent, Devon and the Pennines

The outlook for today is sunny and cloudy for most of England, with rain in Scotland and Wales

The outlook for today is sunny and cloudy for most of England, with rain in Scotland and Wales

The heaviest rainfalls were recorded in Yorkshire, with Hull receiving about 0.8in (20mm) in 48 hours. Snow fell in parts of Kent, Exmoor in Devon and also across the Pennines in the North, while strong winds buffeted the coast.

‘We will see further snow over the high ground in England and Scotland. But it will be fairly wet stuff so it won’t stay for long,’ Met Office senior meteorologist Simon Partridge said.

The gusty winds, coming across from Russia and Poland, made the weather feel even colder after a warm summer and spring, he added. 

But the cold blast and rain is predicted to ease today as winds shift to a south-easterly direction. ‘We will get back into a dryer spell,’ Mr Partridge said.

Snow falls over the Pennines this morning - leaving areas like Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire under a blanket of snow

Snow falls over the Pennines this morning – leaving areas like Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire under a blanket of snow

Snow covered trees in the Hope Valley today as some areas woke up to snowfall this morning after temperatures plummeted

Snow covered trees in the Hope Valley today as some areas woke up to snowfall this morning after temperatures plummeted

A crashed car is recovered on the Snake Pass the Derbyshire, as snow hits parts of the North of England today

A crashed car is recovered on the Snake Pass the Derbyshire, as snow hits parts of the North of England today

A car navigates the Snake Pass in Derbyshire today, after the area was hit by snowfall yesterday and overnight

A car navigates the Snake Pass in Derbyshire today, after the area was hit by snowfall yesterday and overnight

A van came off the road in snow on Snake Pass in Derbyshire after snow fell over the hills of the Peak District overnight

A van came off the road in snow on Snake Pass in Derbyshire after snow fell over the hills of the Peak District overnight

Snow and ice lays sits on cars in the Queens Park area of Brighton this morning as cold weather sweeps across Britain

Snow and ice lays sits on cars in the Queens Park area of Brighton this morning as cold weather sweeps across Britain

Meteorologists are working on a longer-term winter forecast, and they expect it could be a wet season. 

But at this stage they are not exactly sure what kind of winter the UK is in for. 

‘There are very little signs either way,’ meteorologist Martin Bowles said. ‘Climatology is saying it will be mostly wet and windy with a couple of colder spells. But we’re not expecting anything record-breaking at the moment.’

The AA warned drivers to take extra care as the weather conditions deteriorate. George Flinton, from the AA Patrol of the Year, said: ‘The first really cold snap of winter can catch drivers unaware, putting them at risk. 

Snow at Devil's Dyke this morning in the South Downs of West Sussex, near Brighton

Snow at Devil’s Dyke this morning in the South Downs of West Sussex, near Brighton

Snowfall in Brighton in the early hours of this morning came as a shock to many residents on the Sussex coast

Snowfall in Brighton in the early hours of this morning came as a shock to many residents on the Sussex coast

Snow falls overnight on the A57 Snake Pass from Bamford into Glossop in Derbyshire as high level routes are affected

Snow falls overnight on the A57 Snake Pass from Bamford into Glossop in Derbyshire as high level routes are affected

Twitter user 'Caro27' took this photograph of snow falling in a garden in North Kent last night

Twitter user ‘Caro27’ took this photograph of snow falling in a garden in North Kent last night

Twitter user 'Justin', from Canterbury, took this picture of snow that he saw last night in Kent

Twitter user ‘Justin’, from Canterbury, took this picture of snow that he saw last night in Kent

‘Preparation is key. Drivers should allow extra time for journeys, make sure their cars are clear of snow and ice before setting off and ensure they take warm clothes, food and drinks with them in case of unexpected delays.

‘They should also make sure they drive to the conditions. So, allow extra space between vehicles and keep speeds down.’

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has slashed the odds on this winter being the coldest in Britain’s history. Odds have dropped from 4/1 to 6/4.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: ‘The Beast from the East is back and it looks like this winter could set new records.’

 ** Have you taken any photographs of the snow this morning? Please email: pictures@mailonline.co.uk **

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