A severe weather warning for snow has been extended across the UK.

The Met Office posted a yellow warning for “snow” at 3.50pm this afternoon, following an earlier warning of “snow and ice”.

The alert extends the chances of dangerous weather from the east of England to most of Wales.

Parts of Britain were turned into a winter wonderland as the first significant snowfall of the season hit today, bringing blizzard-like conditions and hazards on the roads.

More snow is on the way in a bitter freeze that has also prompted warnings about ice and widespread frost.

Now Wales is feared to hit the brunt of the latest blast.

Roads, particularly in rural areas, may be difficult to traverse

Mountainous areas will be worst affected

The latest warning is in place until 1pm on Friday with hills and higher ground most vulnerable, especially in the Black Mountains.

“Some roads likely to be affected with longer journey times by road and bus services,” the Met Office said.

A spokesman said: “Occasional showers of sleet and snow will affect some eastern parts of England during Thursday, leading to a temporary covering of 1-3 cm of snow in places.

“Showers will become restricted to immediate coastal districts by evening, before dying out. Icy patches will then form on untreated surfaces.”

Motorists endured wintry conditions while driving through Gateshead this morning

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