Snow could hit large areas of the UK this week as temperatures are set to plummet into minus figures.
Northerly winds from the Arctic could bring a smattering of snow showers to Scotland, Northern Ireland, parts of northern England, north Wales and the east coast - potentially drifting as far south as Norfolk from Thursday.
Parts of Scotland could see temperatures plummet to as low as -4C overnight on Thursday thanks to bracing northerly winds.
"The winds will turn more northerly on Thursday afternoon through Friday bringing cold air down from the Arctic and with that it will also be very unsettled with snow showers," said Rachel Vince, senior meteorologist with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.
"Because it is northerly and north-westerly winds, it is largely northern and western Scotland that will get the snow showers but some will get into Northern Ireland, north-west England and north Wales as well."
However, temperatures are expected to ease up towards the weekend with Saturday and Sunday providing warmer readings.
Early snowfall should reach the far north of Scotland by lunchtime on Thursday, moving south throughout the night.
Several centimetres of snow have been predicted for the northern Scottish hills, while a maximum of 4cm is predicted elsewhere.
Drivers planning on travelling in affected areas towards the end of the week should make sure that they have up-to-datebreakdown cover in place to protect against any potential problems cause by snowfall or the cold weather.
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