An incredible photo captured the moment a snow storm swept across London bringing an icy blizzard in its path.
Londoners were amazed as the city was hit by epic snow fall that blanketed buildings and roads on Tuesday.
But the wintry weather was short-lived as brilliant sunshine returned within minutes to melt the flakes away.
People shared images of the bizarre weather on social media as the same views appeared transformed from winter scenes to sunny cityscapes in just five minutes.
The storm hit London at around 2.15pm, bringing heavy snow flurries and grey skies.
Martin Tooth posted a picture of the storm rolling in on Twitter.
He wrote: “Just witnessed snow storm sweep into central London from the east with impressive speed.”
And as the capital was caught in the downpour, Londoners excitedly shared pictures of the “snowmageddon”.
Shrangi-La London at the Shard shared a video of the storm rushing along the River Thames, obscuring Tower Bridge from view.
But the storm quickly passed, and people posted compare and contrast images as a remarkable clear, sunny sky returned by 2.45pm.
Journalist Oliver Varney said: “Bizarre weather today! View from The Shard at 2.30pm and 2.45pm.”
And Jordon-Lee wrote: “The change in weather in literally five minutes… #londonsnow #beastfromtheeast #uksnow.”
The UK’s big freeze has claimed three lives in a road crash and caused major travel disruption across the south east.
Scores of schools around the UK have also been forced to close due to the adverse weather conditions.
Earlier on Tuesday Trafalgar Square’s famous fountain froze over in the wintry conditions.
Amber warnings of snow have been issued by the Met Office for north east, central and south eastern England on Tuesday, and eastern Scotland on Wednesday.