The UK faced another cold night but Arctic winds are set to descend on the country today forcing temperatures down and could even bring more snow.
Heavy rain last night could wash away road grit causing problems on Britain’s roads.
According to the latest weather forecast map the cold temperatures are set to sweep across Britain later today and could grip the country over the weekend.
BBC weather meteorologist Helen Willetts warned that some areas of the UK could face ice and snow today as the cold temperatures hit Britain.
She said: “Watching for ice this morning that is the biggest risk across many parts of the UK but for the south-east of England and the east of England probably the likelihood here is we won’t see too much ice this morning, instead we have got lots of rain.
“It should be clearing that rain as we get past the rush hour and then the sun comes out and we will just see a scattering of showers.
“Again, they could be a little bit wintery the heavier showers into the afternoon, with a fairly brisk wind to go with it. I think we will start the day at about 7C or 8C but temperatures will fall away later.
“Now for south-west England, Wales, the Midlands, the whole of north of England, here we are into the colder air already and you will see some brightness and some sunshine but initially we have got some sleety snow around, particularly over the hills, rain possibly at lower levels, but it’s colder air so do expect a centre meter or two of snow, especially over the hills.
“So temperatures today at 4C or 5C, but I am hoping by the afternoon will bring probably a bit more brightness and some sunshine than this morning.”
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for much of the UK up until Friday 9 at midday.
They said: “Following a spell of rain and hill snow, temperatures will fall quickly allowing widespread ice to form on untreated pavements, cycle paths and roads. Heavy sleet, hail and snow showers will follow.
“There is a chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces. Bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times possible.
“The warning has been updated to extend it further south and east, whilst delaying the start time to midnight.”
Met Office spokeswomen Nicola Maxey warned temperatures in the north could even fall below freezing while the rest of the country hovers around 0C.
She said: “Friday is going to feel very raw and we expect widespread frosts overnight, winds will also pick up so it will be blustery everywhere and with windchill in parts it will feel very cold.
“There is an ongoing risk of wintry showers in the north over the weekend with accumulations over the hills.
“The next system moves in on Saturday as low pressure moves over Scotland bringing more wind, rain and wintry showers.
“We currently expect the cold weather to continue through next week and probably through the rest of the month.”
The Local Government Association (LGA) insisted councils are ready for whatever the weather brings this weekend.
Spokesman Cllr Martin Tett said: “Highway teams are monitoring high-tech weather forecasts with highly-trained staff on standby around the clock.
“Gritters will be out treating thousands of miles of Council roads as the big chill bites and councils will be keeping people up-to-date about weather forecasts, road conditions and gritting activity.”
Bookmaker Coral has even cut odds on this winter being the coldest on record to 5-4 as forecasts show no sign of the big freeze coming to an end.
“Since the turn of the year we’ve seen punters backing this winter to be a record-breaking one for the cold temperatures and our odds are sinking in line with the mercury at the moment,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
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