Despite the brief thaw at the weekend fresh snow is causing further disruption and more snow is expected to hit the UK early this week.

Scotland has been hit hardest by the snow today, with Edinburgh and Wick airports closed. Liverpool’s John Lennon airport was subject to flight cancellations.

Temperatures dropped to minus 17.7C at Topcliffe, near York on Sunday night and forecasters said most parts of the country would struggle to reach above zero during the day.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as north east England with some parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland are expected to see snowfalls of between 5-10cm.

Drivers are being warned to take extra care due to the icy road conditions across the UK.

Last week’s freezing weather saw schools closed, transport disruption and football fixtures cancelled.

It has emerged that nine people have so far died from the freezing weather. The most recent victim, Peter Andrews, 64, was discovered in Darlington, County Durham on Sunday. Police believe he died while shovelling snow outside his home.

Met Office warnings for ice and snow remain in place for much of the country until Wednesday.