Significant snowfall is set to hit London and the south-east this week, with minimum temperatures of -5°C and up to 5cm of snowfall expected over the next few days..

Widespread hard frost and “very significant snow” will likely cause disruption to motorists across the country over Thursday and Friday, with temperatures in parts of Scotland expected to break this winter’s record low of -10.8°C.

Read more: TfL ‘working round the clock’ to prevent snow disruption

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across London and the south of England until Friday, even predicting the possibility of power cuts and outages in mobile phone coverage.

Forecasters warned journeys may take “a lot longer” that possible delays could leave vehicles and passengers stranded.

Meteorologist at the Met Office, Alex Burkill, told ITV: “Looking further ahead, it’s what happens on Thursday that has the potential to be more disruptive.

“It does have the potential to bring some very significant snow. We have already got a warning out in force for it.

“It’s currently just a yellow warning, but it’s not out of the question that will be ramped up nearer the time.”

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