Image: Snow has already fallen heavily near the North Yorkshire Moors National Park
The UK was braced Friday for an Arctic blast as blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures were predicted to envelop much of Scotland and England. Rain from the Atlantic is likely to cause problems as it makes its way towards the UK - leading to severe weather warnings. Many areas will be frozen so as the rain comes in it is likely to freeze making for very treacherous driving conditions. A cold snap in late November would traditionally herald the start of winter proper but this year has already proved an exception with snow covering parts of the south east of England, including London in late October. The FREAK snowfall on the night of October 28 has already been described by forecasters as THE MOST OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF EARLY SNOWFALL SINCE 1880 in the South East and has seen some bookmakers slashing their odds on a white Christmas.