Motorists across the country have been told to check driving conditions before attempting unnecessary journeys over the Christmas period as the cold snap begins to bite, bringing with it the potential for a white Christmas.
According to MeteoGroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, a white Christmas was "not out of the question" as bitterly cold winds are forecast to sweep the country, bringing snow showers to eastern parts of England and Scotland before reaching central and southern England from Sunday onwards.
Paul Knightley, forecaster at MeteoGroup UK, said: "There could be a situation where parts of the east coast could get quite a few centimetres of snow.
"People who are travelling for Christmas should keep a close eye on the forecast," he added.
Temperatures have plummeted across the UK in recent days, with parts of central and southern England waking up to lows of -5C, while temperatures could fall as low as -2C in other parts of England and Wales.
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