British motorists have been warned to be on their guard over the next few days with heavy snow set to blanket most parts of the UK by the weekend.
Plunging temperatures have already been experienced across most of Britain this week, but a low pressure system is poised to collide with cold air to bring significant snowfall on Friday.
Drivers around the UK have been inconvenienced by the freezing weather this week, with freezing fog causing hazardous driving conditions in East Anglia, the Midlands and the South East.
The sub-zero temperatures have brought widespread frost and ice to Britain's roads over the last few days, with drivers urged to check theircar insurance in case they spin out of control on the icy roads.
Gemma Plumb, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It is going to be very cold today, with many places struggling to see temperatures rising above freezing.
"Parts of Scotland, northern England, Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia will be looking at maximum temperatures of -1C or zero."
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