Hundreds of schools will be closed today, after snow blanketed parts of the UK yesterday including Essex.
Treacherous driving conditions are expected to cause havoc for motorists.
A yellow warning for ice is in place until 11 o’clock this morning.
For details of school closures go to the Winter Files section of this website.
Police have issued the following advice for motorists driving in the wintry conditions;
Check the latest weather forecast before you head out
Make sure your tyres have sufficient tread and the correct pressure
Check your lights work
Ensure your battery is charged
Make sure your wiper blades are working
Put some warm clothes/blankets into your car
Keep de-icing equipment in your car so you can clear it before driving
Make sure your mobile phone is well charged or you have a charger in your car
Ensure you have sufficient fuel in your tank
If conditions are bad and your journey is not essential, consider postponing your journey to when conditions have improved
Driving in snow
Slow down and extend braking distances
Drive in as high a gear as possible and take care at junctions and corners
Avoid breaking and accelerating sharply
When braking on snow or ice change into a low gear and use breaks gently, leaving a larger braking distance
Listen to Radio Essex for any updates on any traffic problems and change your route accordingly.