Britain is set to be plunged into a deep freeze throughout January with no prospect of a thaw on the horizon, forecasters say.
The Met Office says it will be colder than average for the time of year with more snow, ice, frost, freezing fog and sub-zero temperatures.
Much of the country was blanketed in snow yesterday, with up to five inches falling in Horwich, near Bolton, Greater Manchester.
A low of -7.5C was recorded in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire. Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice in the north remained in place for most of the day, and much of the South Coast was icy early on.
Snowfall from earlier in the week remained frozen in many areas, making roads treacherous.
North West Motorway Police urged people to drive with care after accidents, while Transport for Greater Manchester told people to expect delays.
Roads were shut in Cornwall and across the south wes