Snow has begun to fall across Essex, after weather forecasters sent out strong warnings.

Huge flakes of the chilly white snow has been spotted landing in Basildon and Chelmsford.

Motorists are being warned to be mindful of possible difficult conditions.

A spokesman for Essex Weather Centre said: “Good morning. Cloud and rain will slowly clear later this morning. Rain falling as snow even to lower levels for a time with any accumulations only temporary. Brightening up this afternoon with late spells of sunshine. Highs of 7C.