In an astonishing change in weather conditions from the recent record-breaking high temperatures, parts of the UK are now facing a blanket covering of snow.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for the entirety of Scotland, where around seven inches of snow fell in the town of Aviemore in the Highlands. Most of northern Scotland is said to have received around four inches of snow and temperatures of minus 2.7C were recorded in Glen Ogle. Some vehicles were stuck in the Largoward and St Monans area and there were reports of a number of collisions and cars skidding off the road in Fife and Tayside.
Aviemore is renowned for its skiing but severe weather warnings have also been extended to parts of northern England, Yorkshire and Humber and even the East Midlands, makinggood breakdown cover even more of a necessity than usual at this time of year.
Aboyne in Aberdeenshire experienced record temperatures for March of 23.6C last Tuesday, which makes it all the more likely that people will be caught out by the current snowfall. Some roads have been closed because of the wintry weather, which is expected to drift into northern England, Wales and the Midlands soon.
Copyright Press Association 2012