It will be a #cold, crisp and #sunny start for many, although you may need to scrape your car if you’re out & about first thing. Further wintry #showers are likely to affect northern and eastern parts. Stay #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/TqJvZwzbfj— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 Incredible busy night for us, trying our hardest to move stranded vehicles and get the A229 and A249 back open again. As well as numerous RTC’s and vehicles going the wrong way on the Motorway. Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted us. @SE4x4R GS pic.twitter.com/zVWlOROkXC— Kent Police RPU (@kentpoliceroads) February 2, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Travellers were hit by long delays and schools closed their doors as February began with the coldest night for seven years.By Friday evening, RAF Odiham in Hampshire had recorded 19cm of snow.The closures included more than half of Bristol’s schools, more than 300 in Buckinghamshire, more than 150 in Cornwall and scores across Oxfordshire.There was misery for travellers on the M3 westbound between junctions six and seven near Basingstoke due to snow and stranded vehicles, with the tailbacks stretching to Farnborough.Highways England also reported severe delays between Tonbridge and Hurst Green on the A21 in Kent in both directions on Friday night – again caused by snow and stranded vehicles. Britain could plummet to -16C tonight, as the Met Office warns of widespread ice across southern and eastern parts of England and Scotland.Temperatures have not been so low since December 2010, when Scotland reached -21.3C – and motorists have been urged to consider travelling only if necessary, due to hazardous road conditions.In rural Oxfordshire, temperatures could drop to -10C, while in Reading, which has already seen heavy snowfall, tonight is expected to be around -6C.In the West Country, Bristol airport is open today after snow caused the runway to shut on Friday, but temperatures could still reach -4C this evening.A low of minus 15.4C (4.3F) was recorded just before midnight on Thursday at Braemar in the Scottish Highlands, and it expected to be even colder tonight. London City Airport closed its runway on Friday night due to heavy snowfall, causing some flights to be diverted and others to be cancelled.The airport said flights were expected to resume as normal on Saturday morning.Flight disruption at airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of rugby fans facing a race to get to Paris ahead of Friday evening’s France vs Wales Six Nations opener.Salt-spreaders covered 80,000 miles of England’s motorways and major A roads through the night to keep traffic moving, Highways England said. People make a big snowball in Boars Hill, OxfordshireCredit: Victoria Jones/PA Sleet and snow continued across the early hours of this morning impacting highways across Kent and Hampshire, and causing treacherous conditions.There were reports of drivers stuck past midnight last night on some routes, with issues reported on the A21, A229 and A249 in Kent, as well as the A339, A30 and M3 in Hampshire.One motorist who gave his name as Joey told the BBC he was forced to eat snow off the roof of his car after he became trapped on the M3.Kent Police said it had seen an “incredibly busy night” with multiple vehicles stuck.The force also said there had been “numerous RTCs (road traffic collisions) and vehicles going the wrong way on the motorway”. Sleet and snow could continue across Kent into the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr Burkill said, but should have cleared by the time most people wake up.A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering large areas of the UK took effect from noon on Saturday, covering northern Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, the eastern coast of England, the south of England and the west coast of Wales.On Friday, a coating of up to 14 cm of snow caused havoc in the South West, forcing motorists to abandon their cars and seek shelter as traffic stood still. Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Today, we’ll see some snow showers around the far north, the far west and the far east of the UK.”Elsewhere it’s a cold day again and feeling especially cold in the south where it will be breezy, but for most it will be dry and sunny.”He continued: “Tonight it’s likely to be very similar to Thursday night – we could get down to minus 16C (3.2F) in Scotland, but it’s worth bearing in mind that even across the south we could get into negative double figures.”He said Benson in Oxfordshire was one of the spots predicted to reach -10C (14F) or below.”Across the bulk of the UK, going to be really cold.”Although Cornwall and parts of the South East that were heavily hit over Thursday night and Friday are not expected to see any more showers, drivers were warned to beware of ice roads caused by lingering snow.