Britain faces a week of travel chaos after a blanket of snow swept across parts of the country on Monday night.
Sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds could combine with the white stuff – especially in the South East of England – to spell disruption on the roads and power cuts as bone-chilling air from the Arctic heads south across the British Isles.
A severe yellow weather warning for snow was issued by the Met Office on Tuesday morning – with snow ploughs and gritters on standby in many areas including Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent, Essex and Sussex.
Snow and ice warnings have also been issued for the rest of England and Wales as well as western Scotland, including Glasgow and Ayrshire.
Weather experts said temperatures would fall as low as -10°C in some areas.
Good Morning. Sunny spells & wintry showers will continue across northwestern areas. A band of rain, sleet & snow will move east across Wales & England through the day with accumulations in some place. Wintry showers following. For more: https://t.co/lvmvtqQWBN ^Ellie pic.twitter.com/lJtnzRgOGy
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The Met Office forecast cold conditions ‘certainly’ for another three weeks at least, with temperatures expected to be much colder than the -3°C currently being experienced in Finland.
Graham Madge from the Met Office told 89.7 Bay: ‘All of England and Wales has the potential to see snow of between 1cm and 3cm in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
‘The band of snow will work its way eastwards on Tuesday night and there could be up to 10cm in higher areas like the Chilterns.
‘Temperatures will drop very dramatically and snow will turn to ice.
‘It will be very cold on Wednesday – it is unlikely to be above freezing anywhere in the country.’
Forecasters said there was a chance of more snow on Thursday and Friday.
Wintry showers will continue in northern Scotland. Elsewhere a band of rain, sleet and snow will move eastwards through the day and overnight, bringing accumulations in some areas of England and Wales.
Wednesday to Friday
Snow in eastern England gradually clearing on Wednesday. Staying cold with wintry showers, mainly around coasts, and possibly longer spells of rain or snow. Widespread frosts likely, with a risk of ice.