The Neenan family enjoy sledging down the hills of the Brecon BeaconsPhoto: Ben Birchall/PA

The big freeze which has gripped much of the country will be replaced by rain and wind as Britain returns to a “more traditional winter”.

Snow, ice and plunging temperatures caused treacherous conditions from Thursday into the weekend across much of the UK, with England recording the coldest night of the winter so far on Saturday night.

But this week, the mercury is set to rise into double figures in some parts of the country, although a yellow weather warning is in place across much of Scotland for snow and ice from 9pm on Sunday until 12pm on Monday, with up to 6cm expected on higher ground.

Abandoned cars on the A30 in Basingstoke.
Abandoned cars on the A30 in Basingstoke. Credit: PA

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Overnight tonight we will see another weather system pushing in from the west and that is going to bring the hill snow to Scotland.

“Elsewhere it will bring rain and stronger winds across all parts of the UK overnight tonight… tomorrow that gradually clears away to the east, with some decent sunny spells developing.”

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A yellow weather warning is in place across much of Scotland. Credit: PA Graphics

As the country returns to work on Monday he temperatures could rise to 11C in the South West, up to 9C in the South East and Midlands and 6C in Scotland.

“It is definitely back on track in terms of temperature, where they should be for the time of year, back to a more traditional UK winter for at least a week.

“The rest of the week is just more unsettled weather.”

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express  crosses the Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire
The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express crosses the Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire Credit: PA

The warmer temperatures come after a low of minus 11.7C was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said.

But while it was the coldest night of the year so far in England it was not as cold as parts of Scotland, where temperatures fell as low as minus 12.6C at Braemar in the Highlands.

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