Abandoned cars this morning in Basingstoke
People living in the Home Counties, Wiltshire, the Chilterns and the Cotswolds have been warned to expect a blanket of fresh snow this morning, with severe weather warnings in place across Wales, the Midlands, and the east and south of England,
"With these levels of snow its really very difficult to keep routes open and it's likely that motorways will be forced to close some lanes," said a Met Office spokesman.
"It's going to be a tough drive to work, and just as bad for people using public transport."
Forecasters fear that their original prediction of one or two inches of snow last night may have been an underestimate, and warned that much of the South East may see more than four inches.
Temperatures could drop to as low as 21F (-6C) in some parts of the country, the Met Office said.
Drivers tried to navigate through snow in Alexandria, Va.
Millions of East Coast commuters returned to work Monday over slick roads and icy sidewalks after a weekend winter storm dropped record snowfall, interrupted holiday shopping and stranded travelers.
The storm yielded record snowfall totals at several locations. The 16 inches recorded Saturday at Reagan National Airport outside Washington was the most ever for a December day. Philadelphia, which recorded 23.2 inches, had its second-largest snowfall since it began keeping records in 1884.
Snow brings high-tech Dutch to their knees
In Amsterdam, some people were using skis to get around this weekend, children had gone to the attic to get their sledges and snowmen popped up throughout the Netherlands. The onset of winter brought with it fun and lots of beautiful views. However, between 10 and 23 centimetres of snow fell throughout the country and this was enough to disrupt daily life.
The whole of Europe has been hit by the worst snow for four years. Spain especially has been surprised by unusually thick snow and has issued a warning about severe cold. The weather is not just affecting mountainous and northern Europe. A temperature of –36.4º Celsius was recorded in the German Alps on Sunday, but central Italy was not much warmer at –25º.