So how did the country cope with it before the days of snow ploughs? Read on for a selection of the some of the most telling photos charting winter in Britain from the late 1920s to the 1970s.
1926: A policeman directs skiers across a snow-covered road in Hyde Park.
1932: A hotel chef in the Scottish village of Braemar takes to his skiis during a lunch break.
1935: Arsenal footballers Wilf Copping, Eddie Hapgood, George Male, Ted Drake, and Cliff Bastin, looking fairly grumpy but coping nonetheless.
1937: Boys take a tumble at London's Hampstead Heath.
1938: Skiing in Britain became so popular at one time that indoor ski schools started cropping up, this one in London.
1939: A milkman makes a delivery to Streatham Grammar school in London.
1940: Three skiers hitch a ride from a motor car at Box Hill, Surrey.
1942: Two Auxiliary Territorial Service members from the women's branch of the British Army on their toboggan at a gun site in London.
1942: Women labourers employed by Kensington Borough Council clearing snow from the streets.
1954: Losing a snowball fight in St James Park, London.
A pair of nuns clearly having a jolly good time tobogganing in this undated snap, published by the Manchester Daily Express.
1962: A Londoner loses his umbrella to a gust of wind during a particularly rugged winter's day.
1962: In London, a milkman does his morning run on skis.
1963: A Mighty Moke vehicle navigating the snow to transport hay.
1963: Police and ambulance workers shivering on the touchline at the White Hart Lane football ground.
1967: A policeman on Chertsey Road at Twickenham using his radio during a storm.
1969: Not a four-legged woman, but a mother taking her little girl to school under the shelter of her coat.
1970: British player Raymond Keene (right) at the Hastings International Chess Congress on the snow-covered sea front.
1970: An RAC (Royal Automobile Club) patrolman fitting his snowshoes by the side of the road.
1978: Families cavort in the snow at Lyndhurst Hill, Southampton.
(via The Telegraph)