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Witnesses said a dispute arose between three customers and managers at a Co-op in Lenham, Kent.

One man, who did not want to be named, told Kent Online his wife had seen a ‘full-blown argument’ involving a customer who was trying to ‘selfishly stockpile milk’.

He added there was a danger of the secondary school pupils putting grit or stones into snowballs to deliberately injure each other.‘The rules are “don’t touch the snow”, if you don’t touch the snow you’re not going to throw it,’ he said.

He added that children might be distracted in class if they are ‘soaking wet’ and have ‘been involved in a fight’.

Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow and severe wind chill, the Met Office said.

Highways England, which said it had received reports of numerous stranded lorries on Tuesday evening, said drivers should reduce their speed and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel.

The Met Office predicted that temperatures would plummet overnight to well below freezing — and even as low as -10 (-14F) in rural parts.

Britain is set to wake up to around 16ft of snow in parts of Scotland and North East England, as forecasters warn of long delays on bus, rail and air travel, plus disruption to phone networks.

His comments, made on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, prompted criticism from viewers.

One wrote on Twitter: ‘Can’t believe they are debating banning snowball fights in schools. Let kids be kids, they take too much of their childhood already.’Another said: ‘How does that protect a child in any way?

Hundreds of homes are without power in sub-zero conditions this morning as freezing 'Beast from the East' winds caused temperatures to plummet to lows of -10C (-14F) and brought snow to much of the country.

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