The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for snow, as the UK is gripped by bone-chilling temperatures.

The yellow warning covers part of the Midlands, stretching from Birmingham to Manchester, and is in place until midnight tonight, December 4.

Brits should be wary of outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow – which could cause tricky driving conditions.

Roads and railways are also likely to be affected.

A yellow ice warning is also in place in the east Midlands and south-east England until 10am tomorrow morning, December 5.

The Met Office warns of “injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces” and “icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths”.

The yellow warning covers part of the Midlands, stretching from Birmingham to Manchester

Last night was the coldest of the year so far, with temperatures dropping to -10C in parts of Scotland.

Dan Harris, the Met Office's deputy chief meteorologist, earlier said: "It will stay cold into the weekend with rain, showers and hill snow continuing across many areas, along with overnight frosts.

"We could also see some stubborn areas of freezing fog develop more widely, which at this time of year can persist all day.

"However, it's not all doom and gloom as there's likely to be an increased chance of dry, bright and perhaps even sunny weather on offer as the weekend progresses."

Roads and railways are also likely to be affected

Public Health England earlier pleaded with Brits to look after the at-risk.

PHE's Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist, Dr Owen Landeg, warned that cold weather "can be bad for your health."

He added: "Heating your home to at least 18C is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease.

"Wearing a few layers of thin clothing is better at trapping heat than one thick layer and will help to keep you warm."