1.4million tonnes of salt has been ordered this year
Snow already falling in Scotland
Temperatures in London today are 16.5C lower than last week
Britain is just weeks away from being in the grip of temperatures as low as -20C, forecasters have predicted.
Parts of Britain already saw snow this week, with two inches falling in the Cairngorms in Scotland.
The rest of Britain is being warned to brace itself for wintry conditions and falling snow from the beginning of November.
And it looks like the colder weather is already on its way - as temperatures today plunged in certain areas to just 8C - a staggering 21.5C below last weekend's record highs - with the wind chill making it feel decidedly colder
In central London today readings of 13C were recorded, in Macduff, Aberdeenshire, the mercury plummeted to 8C, while Plymouth, in Devon, was comparatively basking in 16C of heat.
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The warning of freezing weather comes as a survey from council leaders reveals local authorities are stockpiling thousands of tonnes of extra road salt this year in anticipation of another white winter.
James Madden, long-range forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: 'I expect the most frequent and heavy snowfalls to occur across many parts of the UK during November, December and January at present.
'I initially expect frequent and significant snowfalls across many northern regions and Scotland throughout this winter.
'Any earlier snowfall is likely to be more confined to northern and western parts of the UK, although large scale low pressure systems also offer the potential for significant snowfalls to many parts of the UK.
'I also expect November, December, January and February to feature largely below-average temperatures across many parts of the UK, it is likely that temperature and snowfall records will be broken within this defined time frame.'
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