Some parts of freezing Britain are colder than Moscow, and the country is set for the coldest December for a decade.
The adverse weather is down to 'winter hazards' and an arctic blast that is set to make the month colder than average.
The Met Office predicts the chills will last until after Christmas and more snow is set to fall on Tuesday in the North East.
The white stuff threatens the festive period as well, writes the Mirror Online.
December has not been colder than average since 2010's Big Freeze.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Winter hazards are dominating the weather as the emphasis changes from snow to frost and ice.
“The UK will stay in cold air north of the jet stream.”
The UK's average December temperature is 3.8C.
Many recent Decembers have been mild.
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Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Arctic incursions mean December could well be the coldest for a number of years.”
As many as 25,000 car breakdowns were expected today across all UK providers, data trends showed.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Slow down in difficult conditions.”
Bookmakers Coral cut white Christmas odds to 1-2 odds-on for snow anywhere in the UK, with 3-1 in Glasgow, 4-1 in Manchester and 5-1 in London.
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A Met Office forecaster said: “December 10-19 has temperatures likely to begin below average, trend to average then could turn colder again.
December 20 to January 3 has temperatures likely at or below-average, though some milder interludes are possible.
"Hill snow is possible, and showers could perhaps be wintry at lower levels.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has initiated the pan-London Severe Weather Emergency Protocols (SWEP) for the first time this winter, in a bid to protect rough sleepers and homeless people.
Khan said he was opening emergency shelters across the capital as temperatures are forecast to plummet below zero over the coming days.
The Labour mayor said he was taking the action "so that people sleeping rough have somewhere warm and Covid-safe to stay."
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