Essex battered by brutal snowstorm as Britain braced for 'hail showers' – PICTURES

Snow and hail showers are expected to bring icy surfaces and potential travel chaos as the bitter chill makes its way down the UK. The Met Office extended its yellow ice warning on Thursday.

A spell of unsettled weather is on the way for much of the country this week, with The Met Office forecasting rain showers and a possible mix of sleet and snow mainly on high ground in the north.

Forecasters predict parts of eastern England will be affected by icy patches and snowfall with hail showers pushing into East Anglia. This could lead to small amounts of snow to build up in places as well as some icy stretches.

The Met Office warning covers the north-east of Essex, including Colchester, Manningtree and Harwich.

Areas in the north of England, including West Yorkshire, have already experienced snowy conditions with people waking up to snow on roofs, trees and the ground.

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