Motorists across the UK are being warned to take care as more snow, sleet and rain is expected over the weekend.
A Highways Agency spokesman said that in close consultation with the Met Office, it was still on full alert and ready to help if necessary.
Kent and south-east England have born the brunt of the bad weather.
Have you been affected by the snowy weather conditions? How can the country be better equipped to deal with wintry weather? Send us your snow stories pictures of winter weather.
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The following comments reflect the balance of opinion received so far:
We get snow - but it's very rare for it too stay. Too much sea salt!
matt, Scarborough, UK
We've had a couple of mornings with snow lying in the last two weeks, one frosty morning since November and occasional sleet and snow showers which don't settle. Yet my parents who live in Surrey and consistently have frostier winters than I do, and more snow, seem to think that I live in Arctic climes and warn me about carrying emergency equipment in the car. It's because they believe what the TV and radio bulletins report about "The North". By the way, I've had geraniums flowering in pots outside in my back yard all through winter!
Caroline Walker, Hartlepool, UK
The weather in the last few days has been amazing, some 8" of snow, strong winds and black ice, have made even walking to the shops a hardship. I have been away from the office for 2 days now because of this all, when will this end?
Christopher Brunez, West Malling, Kent
Why do the driving standards plummet as soon as there is a little bit of inclement weather in this country? Lane hogging on motorways and illegal use of fog lights all seem worse when the weather isn't blazing sunshine. The M3 this morning was a gold mine for any enthusiastic traffic cop! Still, it gives me a good excuse to get my 4WD rally car out for a spin.
Jerry, Basingstoke, UK
We have not had a drop of snow. It has been sunny and dry but cold during the recent cold spell. The garden is blooming.
Aileen Gray, Girvan, S Ayrshire
I haven't missed a day of cycling to work because of this weather and I'm still getting to work quicker and happier than cars buses and trains. Even in the snow, bicycles are the most logical form of transport in London, yet the foolish masses still persist in subjecting themselves to the misery of engine powered transport. Will they never learn?
Andrew Rodgers, London
I live in Tokyo and we woke up to a mere three inches of snow... and absolutely diabolical driving conditions and school closures! This was despite the snow being forecast several days ago! Doesn't just happen in the UK.
Amazing, isn't it, that most of the country have had snow for the past two weeks with a mere passing mention on the news. As soon as the South-East gets some, the 'country' comes to a standstill and it becomes headline news! What a surprise!
This is yet another example of the BBC's "If it is happening in the south east it is happening in Britain" school of journalism. In this case the snowy weather. Er... what snowy weather? Millions of people in the country are completely unaffected you know!
Whitstable by the Sea is now Whitstable by the snow, we never get it this bad, roads are paralysed and people are panic shopping, where's the gritters?!
Glenn, Whitstable, UK
The only hint of bitterness here in Bristol is that we haven't had any snow settling to make a snowman or have a day off work! Now if everyone on the east coast can turn in our direction and blow the clouds over here, I'd be much obliged.
Paul D, Bristol, UK
What's happened to the UK? I remember when I was 12 we had a severe winter in Durham. A foot of snow fell every night (funnily enough, this happened every year around winter.) During the day we had to stand in the blizzards during school lunch breaks. In fact, one day we were made to play rugby in shorts and T-shirts with an ice scrubbing rule introduced by the sport's teacher. It's typical, I left the UK three years ago and they start getting decent snow again - and here I am stuck in another sunny 36C day in Australia.
P Gleave, Brisbane, Australia (ex UK)
It's called winter. It happens every year. It's nowhere near bad as it used to be. Stop whining!!
Mark H, UK
I grew up on the edge of the Peak District. When snow falls up there, people adapt. They don't assume that they will be able to drive - it's recognised as being more hazardous and there isn't the "I am an invincible driver" attitude that prevails in the south. People don't rely upon the council to grit local roads; they get out and do it themselves. When I first came down to Essex, I found it both laughable and frustrating to see the Rav-4s and Freelanders getting stuck with their 3mm tread tyres, whilst I romped past in my Mini with cheap, winter tyres!
Neil, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Surely this is a great opportunity for all the 4x4 drivers to show off their vehicles' amazing ability in such harsh driving conditions! You either have to put up with a man shouting about it down the pub so the whole bar can hear or an equally enthusiastic mum chatting about it to other mums down at the school gates. But no! These are the people who are driving their vehicles around at 5mph when there is a light covering snow on the road, in spite of all the amazing technology the machine possesses.
Wesley, Sible Hedingham, Essex
How does the man who drives the gritter get to work? Answers on a postcard please!
I am concerned that there is less clearance of pavements these days. I am disabled and can remember when pavements were cleared of snow and gritted. This does not happen nearly so often, yet pedestrians pay taxes etc. and are more vulnerable than people encased within a car.
It isn't so much the snow that's the problem, it is the thawing and refreezing that causes all the problems. Other countries with very cold winters avoid these problems but here it is different. After a couple of hours the snow melts washing away any grit the wet roads then freeze. This leaves dangerous black ice ready for the morning rush hour. We may not be great at dealing with snow but we are not so bad dealing with slush!
Chris G, Cambridge, UK
I nearly came off my motorcycle this morning due to the expected weather conditions. The local authority had in its enthusiasm laid such a layer of salt on the road that it was like driving on ball bearings. The danger came not from the non-existent snow, it came from the un-necessary depth of the rock salt poured on the roads. It's time that road authorities realised that the vast majority of motorists will become stuck anyway if it snows and stop endangering motorcyclists. For the record, it rained, with an air temperature of 3 degrees C.
Barry P, Havant, England
I had to collect my daughter from school at 11am - by 1pm the snow had gone. If slippery surfaces are a problem why aren't the children kept inside? I know they are when it rains!!!
Sarah, Braintree, Essex
My V8 4.6 litre gas guzzling 4x4 sailed through the worst of the snow without a problem.
Can I put in a good word here for the Met Office? Waking up at 6 this morning the weather report forecast heavy snow during the rush-hour but rain a few hours later. At 7.15 precisely it started to snow and it poured down at midday, clearing most of it away. Helped me plan the day perfectly. Thanks.
Lorraine, St Albans, UK
What I find very confusing is the number of schools closing because they cannot guarantee the safety of the children from slipping on the pathways etc but all of the children are then allowed to play on even slippier surfaces? Is the claim culture to blame??
Brian Gastrell, Leigh on Sea, Essex
I'm fortunate that I can work from home via broadband. I think there are two people in the office today, most of us have decided not to go in. Why make more traffic if you don't have to?
Chris C, Aylesbury, UK
The weather we've had here in Holland for the last few days has been a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Having grown up in Canada (Ottawa and Toronto) the usually rainy and grey winters have made me homesick but with these record cold temperatures (-20!) and some real snow (5-10 inches!) I am now in fine fettle till summer!
Steve Belgraver, The Netherlands
Why is it that when we get snow schools close so readily these days? Yet NHS clinics like mine (which serves mainly elderly people) still operate? If older people can still get about, why are children exempt from getting to school?
Sarah, Wymondham, Norfolk
My advice for people who hate this snowy weather? Buy a sledge. When I was a kid my parents bought us a sledge one year, and after that it didn't snow for years. They still say it's the best investment they ever made. I've still not forgiven them for ensuring snow-free winters for most of my childhood.
Lucy, Deal, Kent, UK
My assistant thinks you are all soft going on about this!! She's from Sweden and regularly went to work in -40c temperatures, with no problems at all. It's just so typically British isn't it.. always moaning about something.
I just watched someone drive round a gritted snowless roundabout slower than I could have walked round it. Unbelievable.
Alex, Aylesbury, UK
I had problems getting to work this morning but it wasn't caused by the snow but by my engine of my car which has been faulty for a couple of weeks. I actually quite enjoy driving in the snow as it makes my usual boring drive to work more exciting. "Keep on snowing!" that's what I say.
Sid Ward, Norwich, UK
As I stood waiting for the bus at -19C this morning I thought of home and wondered why they didn't send me home from work because it was below 0. Appreciate your mild winters and accept that you do only have to cope with a bit of snow for a few days a year!
Julie, Oslo, Norway
The country hasn't ground to a halt. Where I live the roads have been well gritted. And my train to London has run to time all week with no problems.
Rob Dean, Winchester, UK
No problems here. Just put on boots to get to the station instead of my shoes and no rail delays, little problems on roads, yet schools are closed because teachers can't be bothered in cold weather.
Luke Senior, Batley, England
Driving on cold dry continental snow is easy, especially if you have the correct tyres. Unfortunately we rarely have that here. We suffer from wet snow, slush, ice and freeze-thaw-freeze conditions. This is very tricky to deal with. Sometimes salting the roads only makes the problem worse. The snow falls and is melted by salt. The temperature falls to -5C and the melted water re-freezes forming a lethal glassy surface. Our maritime climate with rapidly changing conditions is often far more difficult to cope with than a persistent winter of say somewhere like Toronto or Moscow.
John Lancashire, Reading, UK
What I cannot understand is that parts of the M20 and M2 in Kent were blocked by traffic because of ice/snow. Kent is well-known for heavy snow at times so where were the gritters last night and early this morning? I live in South London on Kent borders so was not affected by snow or ice today but it beggars belief that the two main road arteries in Kent could suffer such disruption.
Suzy, London, UK
I travel 40 miles each way to work and have been on night shift this week. There have been no problems at all in our area thanks to the excellent gritting teams from Swindon down through Wiltshire to Andover in Hampshire. Credit where it is due!
Jim Croton, Swindon, UK
No I just wished I was. It's a good excuse to stay in bed and in the warmth.
Steve, Chelmsford, UK
Why do people refuse to clean their cars off properly before starting there journey? One inconsiderate person this morning caused a three car shunt after braking and losing sight of the road ahead as the snow from his road covered his windscreen.
Dawn, Co Durham
I had to rescue a colleague last night who couldn't return to Ashford by train last night. Having seen the standards of driving on the M2 and M20 I decided to stay clear and cut across country. This was much safer. We even rescued a few folks stuck in their 'lifestyle 4x4s'!
Having worked in the Alps I apply a bit of common sense when driving in the UK. It might never snow in any given winter, but I always carry a snow shovel, chains, a blanket and winter gear as a sensible precaution. Why are people in the South such whingers when a few centimetres of snow falls?
Jonathan Fox, Manchester, UK
Where I live we regularly have lots of snow and ice, often without warning, but the thought of closing schools because of the weather is crazy! Britain seems to collapse after a few snowflakes. Introduce compulsory training for drivers in ice conditions and just get on with it (dressing appropriately for the weather would help too, so no short skirt school uniforms or high heels for work!)!
I wish people from people from countries which have really harsh winters would stop criticising us for commenting on the snow. Heavy snowfall is unusual in southern Britain. 'It's -15C here and we're OK' is such a ridiculous comment. These countries have to put money into anti-snow measures. We would be wasting money if we did the same every winter. Would we not comment if it were +45C in Northern Europe? We all would because it's unusual. People have to understand that what is normal for them is not normal for everyone.
James, Manchester, UK
Only -5C? Anything above -10C is warm! Come to Canada to experience the real cold! Life runs as normal here, no cancellation of school, work or delays of public transport. We here are still biking around the city- I admit, it is slightly dangerous, but fun! I would love to return to the UK for the warmth- do enjoy it while you can!
Nicole, Toronto, Canada
Cold? Icy? I don't think so! It was -21C as I drove home from the cinema on Tuesday night. Despite the snow ploughs having been round a few times during the last couple of weeks, I cannot remember the last time I saw the road surface outside my flat but I still haven't seen a road closed here. And no problems with public transport running to time either.
Andy, Stockholm, ex-Manchester
I think the council were caught out today as the roads around Billericay and Brentwood were very treacherous there wasn't a drop of salt in sight
We've had loads of snow down here and while it was lovely at first, after a week the novelty has worn off a bit now! It's terrible walking down the hills. But admittedly, it's nice to see everywhere covered in snow for a change. I'm off to make myself a snowman!
Joseph, Canterbury, UK
Sadly, I have witnessed very feeble attempts at snow here. I cannot believe the fuss people make down here in the South. It gives Britain a bad name. In Scotland, where I come from, and in the Northern parts of England, people just get on with things. In the South they just moan and complain. Car accidents occur because people here are unwilling to allow for conditions and think they can speed as normal.
Brian, Poole, England
No snow in Aberdeen City either! We've had a little in the mornings, but it's gone by 8'ish. It's just very cold here, but a shame that we can't enjoy the same winter wonderland scene the rest of the UK is experiencing!
Jeff Arnold, Aberdeen, Scotland
If we had reliable snow fall every year then procedures would be in place to deal with it. As it is our temperate climate is unpredictable and most people have no idea how to deal with it when snow does arrive. Would you be happy if your council splashed out on ten snow ploughs which spent their entire life parked in a garage?
Paul, Snowy Hastings, East Sussex
The problem is that bad weather is so infrequent in this country, is it worth the councils/roads to invest heavily in equipment that gets used 1 or 2 days a year? Just accept bad weather, stay at home for a day or 2. Or get some snow chains! We've been having -6 -7 up here, and no one complains, we all get to work. Anyway, no snow and nice and sunny up here!
Pete Wright, Oban, UK
The country has not ground to a halt! A handful of roads are closed in small sections where slush has refrozen to create sheets of ice. The media whip up the frenzy which makes us look unable to cope. As for the schools, they're closed because they're afraid of no-win-no-fee litigation should a child slip and break something.
I have been disappointed by the failure of snow to stick here in the Black Country. We have had plenty of snow falling but it has quickly melted. If it had all stuck. we would have had 3 or 4 feet by now. I blame Tony Blair and George W Bush for this.
Darren, Dudley, UK
Hate to point this out, but Scotland has been getting snow for quite some time now and, for the most part, getting on with life! Up here, we love a bit of snow - breaks up the monotony of the rain!
Joe O, West Lothian, Scotland
How can East Sussex County Council say 'they have been caught out'. Last night's conditions were forecast well in advance and yet the main route into Tonbridge Wells via Frant (the highest priority road for gritting apparently) was not gritted this morning and consequently blocked by a number of vehicles unable to get up the hills. Belief is beggared!
Good grief! What is going on over in Britain? I just cycled to work through a wonderfully snowy forest with temps at -10°C. Admittedly, I had to push at times, but I feel refreshed, warm from the exercise and believe me it is gorgeous out there. Come on, enjoy it. Who knows when you get a winter like that again?
Sophie, Munich, Germany
I'm sorry, but a set of tyres lasts me 13-15,000 miles. They get replaced when they start wearing out, not because it's a different season. What, I'm supposed to have a cupboard full of them, and pick the right ones for every trip? Not at 125 quid a pop thank you very much. I just take the time to go to an amply icy car park at least once a year and teach myself how to cope with the conditions.
Martin, Farnborough, UK
Where I live, the council are brilliant at gritting the roads. The main road outside my house gets done at 6.20am every morning when it's icy. Then at 6.30am a council road sweeper comes along and clears all that messy dirty grit and salt away, leaving a nicely treated strip down the centre of the road. Where no cars drive. So is of no use. Pure Genius.
Leon Cook, Birmingham, UK
We haven't been affected at all. We got a light snow, but it didn't settle. Outside it's sunny and the grass is green, the sky is clear of clouds and is a nice shade of blue. The downside: it's about -1.0 degrees. So we get the bad temperature, but not the benefits of said bad temperature.
James, Yeovil, UK
Here we go again. This morning we had several inches of snow and I went off to work as usual, got my hiking boots on and get on with it. I love it when it snows like that! Those who complain are just softies and look for excuses not to go to work.
Mark Grimes, Sunderland, UK
I woke up to the sound of police sirens this morning and thought - hello - it must have snowed. Sure enough it had and there was the now almost obligatory accident just along the road. Will people never learn how to drive in snow?
Les, Morpeth, England
If my 1954 Ford Prefect can handle the cold, ice and snow then why can't a modern car?
Danny, Kendal, England
Imagine my amusement the other morning when I awoke to find a small snowman on the bonnet of my Jeep. It even had my windscreen wipers as ears, pointing in T-bar formation. On travelling to work, disaster struck. I accidentally nudged the wiper lever in my car, and the blighter fell off. My snow joy turned to snow rage.
Jon Murtagh, Lincoln. UK
Are we the only place in the country with no snow? My children are very disappointed that their schools aren't closed due to the weather. It's cold here but the sky is lovely and blue.
Susan Ros, Preston, Lancashire
Why is it that a couple of inches of snowfall causes the country to grind to a halt? I can remember winters (1979 and 1981) when the snow was so deep that the authorities had to use JCBs to dig the roads out yet I still managed to get around. Do modern drivers panic at the sight of a snowflake or is there some other reason for the mass hysteria?
John W, England
Why can't we cope with snow?
The reasons that this country grinds to a halt are this. 1. An unpredictable maritime climate. 2. Transport agencies who are reactive to problems rather than proactive (they should put adequate contingency plans in place - apparently the ones they have do not work). Cost cutting measures such as only gritting a road after it becomes cold (rather than pre-gritting beforehand) are obviously failing. The modern psyche is also to err on the side of caution (probably caused by the lawsuit/litigation mentality we now live in).
There's a whole generation of people in their early 20s who, like myself, hadn't driven in snow and ice before. Driving on ungritted roads in a couple of inches of snow is a world away from slushy gritted roads and it's little wonder there have been scenes of chaos as people struggle to ascend hills. And all it takes is a lorry to get stuck on a hill and you've got an instant jam. By and large people seem to be coping well enough, I just hope the youngsters make the most of it!
Darren, Leysdown, Kent, UK
We are always quick to blame others for lack of preparation, but most motorists do nothing to prepare for winter. If everyone used all season or winter tyres from November to March the roads would keep moving in all but the worst snow conditions. Instead we have people driving on low profile summer tyres wondering why they are sliding about. Take some personal responsibility and we will keep moving.
Chris, Cardiff, Wales
I am disgusted. A couple of inches of snow and the country panics. I wonder why the UK doesn't learn from its neighbours - or better yet - Canada who happen to know what REAL ice, snow and cold is all about! And why oh why don't drivers use all-seasonal tyres?!?!? No excuse for bad and selfish driving.
Currently working in York I have to cross a high moor to get to work. I have a Land Rover but the road gets closed and signs are put up to that effect. I have missed 3 days from work in the last 2 weeks and therefore lost money. Are we too quick to close roads?
My local train service, although a bit late, ran surprisingly well this morning, and has done throughout this period of bad weather. Well done to the train company, whatever it's called at the moment!
Ed, Faversham, Kent, UK
All crisp and crunchy underfoot in the park in Buxton, but roads completely clear of snow and ice, just with views of snowy fields and hilltops. A beautiful, alpine sort of day. Makes you glad to be alive.
It's winter - it snows in winter. It gets cold and icy. Why are we perpetually surprised by this? How come the trains/tubes suffer problems in the winter AND the summer (and the spring, and the autumn)?
Jon Lobos, London, England
The Fylde Coast and most of West Lancashire has been basking in 'spring' sunshine for the past week, and no snow has laid here for over 4 years (the kids are disappointed though).
Graham, Blackpool, UK
Do people in other countries think it's hilarious that 10cm of snow can bring Britain to a standstill? Why can't we cope with weather that is mild to other countries, where several feet of snow is the norm?
I must compliment Kirklees council. The roads around here are very well gritted. I've had no problems using the main road network this winter. But then I do also walk the two miles to work and leave the car at home.
We have been experiencing cold wintry conditions up here in the Pennines for the past 3-4 weeks. It has snowed during the night frequently. Cold biting winds have been the norm. However, life has gone on as normal. My 06.08 train arrived on time the other morning despite 5cm of snow overnight. Come on you Southern softies - get a grip! A few centimetres of snow and everything stops!
Mike, Todmorden, GB
Here in Staines we have had pretty much clear skies, no snow, no frost just the normal traffic jams.
Steve Mapes, Staines
My children have been going to school with the temperature at -8 during the day here in Germany. Don't they have heaters in Kent schools?! The country could be better equipped to deal with snowy weather by people buying snow tyres and thick coats.
Anne, Dresden, Germany
The trains have been a nightmare. The train staff have been very helpful, but you still feel frustrated. On Thursday morning my journey from Hastings to Charing Cross took 5 hours.
What's the problem? All the snow in Leeds seems to melt by mid morning. In any case, people should lighten up, make a few snow men and throw snowballs.
Ian Gibson, Leeds
I travelled down the A1 yesterday to Ipswich. It's amazing what difference a few miles can make. I was flying then all of a sudden I hit a snow storm and the road beneath me disappeared! It was just white. I stayed behind a lorry to shield me and also the driver seemed to know where the road was! Absolutely horrendous conditions to drive in. Thank God for the lorry is all I can say!
John, Between Leeds and Grantham, England
I got sent home from work yesterday due to heavy snow - or as the weathermen said and are still saying - rain!!!
Jan, Ashford, Kent
The only problems caused on the roads are by drivers too selfish or too thick to allow for the conditions and alter their driving accordingly. Nobody has the God-given right to blast through at break-neck speeds without any regard for what's happening outside their nice warm metal box. So snow falls and roads ice up - it's a vital part of the planet we inhabit - get over yourself and live with it.
Stephen Brooks, York, England
Once again the media are panicking about traffic chaos - because on a rare occasion, snow has hit the South-East with what the rest of the country get every year. I am not shivering, have not suffered traffic chaos, and am generally experiencing a normal life. Yesterday I was out in my garden picking daffodils.
Deborah Coates, Sheffield, England
Only -5C? What's the problem? Here in Copenhagen our max temperature was lower than that recently - but was Denmark plunged into chaos? No way! Instead, the Danes set about clearing roads and railway lines and making sure that society kept on functioning. If the British put as much effort into clearing the snow as they do into whinging about it, you wouldn't have a problem at all!
Relton, Copenhagen, Denmark
Why is it news that schools are closed in Kent? They are closed here as well. We should be asking why they are closed, which part of the present compensation culture can be addressed to reverse these decisions and what action is taken against teachers who do not go to work?
Pete Boydell, Stokesley, N Yorks
I hired a car the other day and could not increase the level of insurance "because of the severe weather" - it was above 5 deg C and had a slight drizzle the whole day. But anyway what is the whole panic? I lived in Switzerland and even with several feet of snow, trains and buses ran on time, planes weren't delayed and cars drove on roads that were not cleared, without trouble. Perhaps use of winter tyres and a little more intelligence would help!
Carl, Bristol, UK
What about a bit of good news about the schools that stay open like Oak Tree Primary in Ashford?
Steve, Ashford, UK
I waited from 0645 to 8:00 on Paddock Wood station this morning with many others. The station announcements were totally misleading. In the end the whole service was suspended. Why does the whole infrastructure of our country fall apart every year when there is a small snowfall? Can't we learn from the continent where everyone and everything carries on as normal?
Steve Muchall, Paddock Wood, Kent
I can't believe how bad the snow has affected most of the country and yet here, in the micro-climate that is the wonderful land of Portsmouth, we've only seen snow fall a few times and it hasn't even dared to lay.
Gareth Morris, Portsmouth
Here we go again!!! We don't know what real cold weather is in Britain. Living in Germany has taught me the meaning of cold and also that snow and ice are no reason to take a day off work or close a school... I wish it was; I'd have several months off per year. A bit of forward planning is all that is required.
Karl Lynch, Hamburg, Germany
Karl Lynch is right, too many people use it as an excuse to take a holiday. I heard a man telling his friend how he had taken half a day off 'because he couldn't' get to work. Meanwhile a member of his office team undertook the same journey; he simply set off a little earlier and completed his journey. Is the snow in Kent worse than northern Britain? I doubt it!
C. Barker, Guisborough, Cleveland
I had a dentist appointment yesterday (when it snowed very heavily) and walked the two miles (in hiking boots) because it was safer than driving. The snow melted very rapidly and made the road surface like glass. All the snowploughs and snow blowers in the world can't cope with that. Thick compacted snow is actually safer and easier to deal with than slush.
It's all about being prepared - something we're not very good at. The roads I used to get to work this morning were like skating rinks - none of them had been gritted. it might not have totally resolved the problems if they had but it would have helped. Instead we hear constant excuses - if the energy spent thinking up the excuses (wrong kind of snow, etc) was channelled into planning and doing, there'd be fewer problems.
Carol, Basildon, UK
Snow? What snow? Here in Coventry the Sun is shining though light patchy cloud and there is not a snowflake in sight anywhere. Even first thing this morning there was only light frost on the car.
Rob, Coventry UK
We keep getting a little snow, but by 10am it has generally melted. Kids (and me) are very disappointed as it looks like another year without getting the sledge out.
Ian, Gerrards Cross, UK