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The UK has been gripped by a deep freeze as temperatures dropped to -10C with up to six inches of snowfall in parts of the country.

The Met Office has issued snow and ice warnings for this morning, following a day of wintery weather in crowded parks – despite strict lockdown rules urging people to stay at home.



Londoners were seen at Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and other beauty spots in their droves.

Pictures show crowds of people congregating atop Primrose Hill, with thick, white flakes covering the ground.

Flakes fell across the rest of the UK yesterday too, with a whiteout forecasted to grip the nation until at least Wednesday.

And police forces across the country threatened to fine Brits for having snowball fights and sledging – warning that they must keep to Covid regulations.

Parts of the Midlands were set to record six inches of snowfall by the end of yesterday, with the snow expected to remain on the ground well into next week.

Travel disruption and power cuts are likely, and there is also a risk that some rural communities could be cut off.

There are currently three yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in place across the UK.

The warnings are for a combination of snow, frost and slippery ice – covering the majority of the UK.

An ice warning is in place for the whole of the south of England, up to the north-west of the country.

Another warning covers the entirety of Northern Ireland, bringing travel disruption.

And the third is for northern and western Scotland, lasting until 11am today.

Icy patches were expected this morning, especially where snow has fallen on Sunday.



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