Britain is set to be hit by eight inches of snow as temperatures plunge across parts of the country in a -8C deep freeze.
Heavy snow will hit the Pennines on Tuesday with the Peak District, Snowdonia, the Lake District and higher ground in Scotland also due to see some cover.
Blizzards and drifts threaten to cause life-threatening conditions and travel chaos – and it’s a sign of things to come with forecasters predicting 12 days of snow leading up to Christmas.
Rain and sleet could batter other areas where temperatures will stay above freezing, while an ice warning is in place for north-west Scotland until 10am.
Flood alerts have been issued for several parts of England with heavy rain likely in the north-west, the Midlands, East Anglia and the south-east.
A brutal Arctic chill will send temperatures plunging to -8C in places.
Eight inches of snow will blast the Pennines in northern England.
Met Office forecaster Dean Hall told the Daily Star: “Travel conditions could be nasty over the Pennines, with possible blizzards and drifts.
“We could see 10cm and possibly 20cm of snow on the highest Pennines.”
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern told the Express: “Frost and ice will start us off on Tuesday."
He warned of icy patches across western Scotland, adding: “Some slippery surfaces about if you are tackling some of the roads and pavements.
Parts of the south will see widespread sunshine and temperatures around 7C on Tuesday before clouds move in.
Rain will fall across much of the UK in Wednesday, except northern Scotland, where it will stay bright and cold.
Thursday and Friday are likely to be wet and windy.
Meanwhile, bookies say a white Christmas is odds-on.
Ladbrokes is offering odds of 10-1 that snow will fall in the UK on December 25.
Forecasters are predicting a brutal 12 days of snow through Christmas and into January. The worst of it is expected over higher ground.
Met Office five-day forecast
After a frosty start and a few early fog patches, the UK will be bright, rather cold and dry, apart from a few showers in northwest Scotland.
Cloud will increase later from the southwest, bringing rain to Cornwall before dusk.
Rain will spread northeastwards from Cornwall, becoming heavy over south Wales, and perhaps turning to snow over the Pennines and Cumbrian Fells.
Northern and eastern Scotland will be frosty.
Further rain will move eastwards across much of the UK, leaving sunshine and showers in the west.
The exception will be northern Scotland, which will stay bright and cold.
Breezy with patchy rain on Thursday.
Wet and very windy on Friday, with gales likely for many, perhaps severe on coasts and hills.
Breezy on Saturday with sunshine and showers.
Surviving the cold weather
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