FREEZING conditions and snow has hit North Wales this morning as the polar vortex dubbed "Beast From The East" makes its way across the country.

Denbighshire County Council is updating its website with school closures.

Currently the follow schools have been listed as closed:

Bodnant Community School in Prestatyn; Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl; Ysgol Frongoch Junior in Denbigh; Ysgol Hiraddug in Dyserth; Ysgol Llanbedr in Llanbedr; Ysgol Pant Pastynog; Ysgol Pendref in Denbigh; Ysgol Trefnant in Denbigh; Ysgol Tremeirchion in St Asaph and Ysgol Twm o'r Nant in Denbigh.

Secondary schools closed include Blessed Edward Jones R.C. High School in Rhyl ; Rhyl High School and Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Ruthin.

This list is still being updated and is not a full list. Please keep an eye on

According to the Met Office, the 'Beast from the East' is a phrase used to describe cold and wintry conditions in the UK as a result of easterly winds from the near continent.

When pressure is high over Scandinavia, the UK tends to experience a polar continental air mass.

When this happens in winter, cold air is drawn in from the Eurasian landmass bringing the cold and wintry conditions that give rise to the 'Beast from the East' moniker.