UK weather forecast today – THUNDERSNOW explosion fears as 4-inch snow blizzards trigger warnings and travel chaos

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EXPLOSIONS heard in Scotland overnight were just the sound of thundersnow, police have reassured locals.

Two “extraordinarily loud” blasts were heard in Edinburgh just after 5am, with numerous residents phoning police to report the sound of a bomb exploding or a building collapsing.

But cops took to Twitter to tell them not to be alarmed and confirmed that the sound was thundersnow – a rare phenomenon when snowfall combines with an electrical storm sparking thunder and lightning.

The news comes as snowfall across the UK was set to spark travel chaos and more weather warnings were issued in response to four-inch blizzards.

Yellow warnings have been slapped on some parts of Scotland and the north of the country as 20cm of snowfall is expected to fall.

Last night was the coldest night of the year so far with temperatures dropping to an icy -10C in parts of Scotland.

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