The coldest UK winter in 13 years will see snow descend upon the country next week, experts have predicted.
Sunday is expected to be a day of freezing temperatures, making way for heavy snow and bitterly cold winds from Russia over Monday and Tuesday.
The public is being advised to prepare for a big drop in temperature, while motorists have been warned that disruption is expected on Britain's roads as the cold snap moves in from the east.
Rachel Vince, of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It's looking like temperatures will fall away during Sunday night and Monday, and next week is looking distinctly colder than this week.
"On Sunday we are looking at showers coming from the east and turning increasingly wintry as the day progresses."
Eastern parts of England and Scotland are expected to get the worst of the snow, though the bad weather may spread as far as eastern Wales.
Miss Vince said that Monday night will see persistent snow, with the areas at greatest risk being from Lincolnshire northwards. And the snow will settle where it falls, causing plenty of disruption.
Sunday will see maximum temperatures of between 2C (36F) and 5C (41F), although temperatures will fall during the course of the day, she added.
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