Snow and sleet is forecast for many parts of the UK on Thursday, following a day of gales that left thousands of homes without power.

The north will see gusts of over 60mph overnight, with snow accumulating even at low levels, as well as a risk of ice, says Sky’s weather producer Chris England.

Heavy rain in the south of England will also turn to sleet and snow as it clears during Thursday afternoon.

The Met Office is warning of blizzard-like conditions in some areas and says parts of the south could see heavy snow.

Ten to 20cm is possible on high ground and squally wintry showers are forecast for much of Scotland.

As this clears through (Thursday) evening, with clear skies there is a risk of a widespread frost and icy conditions quickly forming, added the Met Office’s Paul Gundersen.

In the afternoon, temperatures will range from 6-8C in the south and 3-5C in the north.

Sky’s North of England Correspondent Becky Johnson, in Cumbria, said the council had been busy gritting all the main roads ahead of expected icy conditions for the Thursday morning commute.

Air passengers are also being warned to check their flights and allow more time to travel to the airport.

Heathrow’s Twitter account said: Wintry weather is expected at the airport tomorrow and airlines will be adjusting their schedules as a result.

The north of England was one of the regions that saw the worst of Wednesday’s weather, with gusts of up to 93mph recorded at High Bradfield in South Yorkshire and 82mph at Emley Moor in West Yorkshire.

Around 3,000 homes and businesses in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England were also without power during the day.

In Scotland, motorists faced long delays after a lorry blew over on the Forth Road Bridge at 2am. It is not expected to reopen until at least Thursday morning.

Rail and ferry services were also affected in Scotland and some roads in Yorkshire and England’s North East were closed because of damaged buildings and fallen trees.

(c) Sky News 2017: Snow and sleet move in as UK temperatures dip