Anthony Astbury, head of the Met Office Open Road Service said: 'The winter as a whole has seen considerable snow. Of the last nine years, this winter has been only the second to have temperatures below average - all the others have been milder.
'Ironically, it followed a summer which was the third hottest on record, and one of the driest. Rainfall was down to just 37% on average.'
The winter saw:
-- freezing rain on at least four occasions - normally this is a once in a 20-year occurence
-- particularly high impact in south Wales, with the M4 closed for four hours on 30 December
-- severe weather in the south east of England, with the M25 chaos on 5 December
And for some this may not yet be over. For some Scottish authorities the season does not end until around the second week in may - last year there was snow on the Glasgow to Edinburgh M8 in early may.
Mr Astbury continued: 'Thankfully Britain is equipped more than ever to cope, with a network of more than 600 road sensors, and an increasing number of PC-based MIST systems installed in operating rooms.'