'Snow falling across northern England and southern Scotland caused huge traffic disruption today as 24 vehicles became involved in a motorway pile-up.
The Met Office issued a weather warning today after overnight temperatures dipped below freezing and are expected to remain in single figures across most of the country thoughout the day.
In Lancashire, a "sudden microburst" of hail and snow caused a 24-car motorway pile-up which closed the M55 in both directions.
No-one was seriously injured but the crash caused "carnage", the force said.
The snow warning covered an area of northern England and southern Scotland, with flurries also seen in the Midlands in the early hours of Wednesday.
The warning was lifted at around 10am.
Forecasters said a band of rain and hill snow will push eastwards through Wednesday, while Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to see strong winds with coastal gales.
There will be sunshine and some rain for the southern and western parts, although showers are forecast to be heavy with hail and thunder mixed in.'
Read more: 24 cars crash on the M55 as wintry weather causes disruption across northern Britain
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