Storm Darcy, dubbed The Beast from The East 2, has thrust the UK into blizzard-like conditions with chilling lows of -16.7C recorded on the coldest night of the winter so far.

Forecasters in the Scottish Highlands recorded the bitter temperature on the morning of Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at Altnaharra.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the chilly drop marks the coldest temperature since 2010.

Conditions across the UK could plunge even further, she said, as snow continues to blanket the UK on Wednesday night into Thursday.

The air isn't set to warm up until the weekend, and more snow in the south east and coastal areas with the risk of cold easterly winds too.

Forecasters in the Scottish Highlands recorded the bitter temperature on the morning of Tuesday February 9 2021

Britain’s unusual snow fall can be attributed to cold air from Russia and eastern Europe, Ms Maxey said, as the air picks up moisture while crossing the sea.

Due to plunging temperatures, this moisture formed into snow as it hits land, with the white stuff likely to turn “more showery” as the week closes.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the chilly drop marks the coldest temperature since 2010

She also said temperatures are likely to “move up a little bit,” with the mercury in London expected to be around 6C by Saturday February 13.

Ms Macey said: "It certainly looks as though towards the end of the weekend we might see daytime temperatures move up a little bit.

"Certainly by the time you get to Sunday in London you might be looking at quite widely 6C.

"So less cold, but expectations are that Wednesday into Thursday might be the coldest night of the spell so far and then we see things pick up a little bit."

The bitter weather has caused havoc over the country, with many car owners falling victim to snowdrift and blockages

The bitter weather has caused havoc over the country, with many car owners falling victim to snowdrift and blockages.

Police in King’s Lynn reported a lorry got stuck in a snowdrift and had to be towed out by farmers while Norfolk Police have urged people not to travel

On Monday 8th February, Suffolk Police said a man was found frozen dead on Walberswick Beach in Suffolk.

HM Coastguard and the East of England Ambulance Service attended the scene and it was reported the man, in his 50s, had tried to go kitesurfing in sub-zero temperatures on February 7.