Snow is spreading across the UK and London as the weather takes a wintry turn.

A prolonged blast of icy weather has tightened its grip on the country.

Snow showers are expected in parts of south-west England, while much of the eastern half of the country was blanketed by up to six inches on Thursday.

London and the Midlands face a dusting tonight and tomorrow, forecasters say.

Britons have been warned the wintry spell could last for at least 10
days, as biting winds swoop in from the North Sea and night time
temperatures plummet to -6C.

It is the earliest November snowfall for 17 years.

A plane with 196 passengers overshot its landing position at Newcastle airport due to icy conditions last night.

No one on board the Thomsonfly Boeing 737-800 from Lanzarote was
injured, but the airport was closed for a time.

Racing at
Newcastle on Saturday could become one of the first of the weekend’s
sporting fixtures to fall victim to the weather.

Some train services on the East Coast line have been delayed and motorists have been warned of treacherous road conditions.

The heaviest snowfall was in Northumberland, with around six inches falling in places.

A similar amount fell in Aberdeenshire, 4.7 inches in the Scottish Borders and 4 inches in Durham, where more than 120 schools closed.

The coldest place overnight was Carterhouse in the Scottish Borders, which touched -7.8C.

It was -3.8C in London and -3.2C in Cardiff.