Liverpool has been hit by snow and a severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, as temperatures dropped below freezing and brought local travel difficulties.
The first significant snow of this year started to fall across the region last night, with forecasters predicting that the adverse weather conditions are likely to last several days, causing problems across the city.
Around three inches of snow was expected to fall as motorists and commuters were advised to be prepared for the worst.
Commuter chaos is expected, and schools have already been reported to have shut early across Merseyside.
Snowfall has also caused some disruption to Merseyrail services as well as bus routes in James Street and Hamilton Square, though the snow seemed to be easing slightly on Friday afternoon ahead of the rush hour.
The weather has caused problems all week and was said to be a factor in a car crash which closed part of the M62 out of Liverpool, near Huyton.
Liverpool City Council has advised people to check its website for details regarding school closures and local events which may be affected.