The unsettled winter weather is set to continue with some parts of the UK experiencing rare thundersnow.

Thundersnow is a relatively infrequent weather event, sometimes known as a winter thunderstorm or a thundersnowstorm.

It's an unusual kind of thunderstorm with snow falling instead of rain. It can be accompanied by thunder and lightning.

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Thundersnow is quite uncommon across the globe but typically falls in the United States and Canada.

Today, people in and around Edinburgh were woken up by the sound of thundersnow with local police warning rural roads in the area will need more time to be navigated.

In Liverpool, sleet has been forecast to fall as winter weather conditions come into force.

From yesterday, temperatures have dropped across the country as frequent showers, areas of heavy rain and some hill snow is expected.

The Met Office says there is also a chance of some snow at lower levels in places later in the week, though away from hills it is currently uncertain exactly where snow will fall.

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Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Although we’re going to see a few days with colder conditions, we shouldn’t be surprised that the start of winter brings a brief spell of wintry weather.

"Some parts of the UK, especially northern hills, may see snow, but for many, this will only be short-lived.

"We’ll be monitoring the forecast and we will issue warnings accordingly.”

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning of snow affecting north west England with mixture of rain, sleet, and snow expected to remain slow moving over the next few hours, causing tricky driving conditions.