Ten inches of snow is set to hammer parts of Britain over the next few days as temperatures plunge below freezing and gales wreak havoc, say forecasters.
Snow is expected over the Grampians in Scotland and North York Moors in England, with the heaviest amounts predicted for the weekend in parts of Scotland.
Bitter winds from Siberia will make the chilly weather feel even colder in the east, while gales will batter western areas in Scotland.
Wednesday will get off to a frosty and foggy start in many places and the day will become increasingly windy with patchy rain across Northern Ireland, central and western Scotland, Wales and south-west England, the Met Office says.
Elsewhere, it will be mostly dry and increasingly sunny.
Meteorologist Aidan McGivern has warned of 50mph wind gusts around coasts and hills, telling people in those areas to "watch out".
He told the Express: “Because of the clearest skies and the lightest breeze will be in the east.
“Here, temperatures will drop to -1 or -2 degrees before coming up a little bit by dawn.
“So a chilly start for eastern parts of England, eastern Scotland, some sheltered spots of central Britain but plenty of sunshine in the colder spots and that sunshine becomes more widespread through the day.”
On Wednesday night, it will stay cloudy and windy across Northern Ireland and the south-west corner of Britain, with occasional rain.
The Met Office is expecting a few showers in the east and northeast.
Clear spells and a frost are forecast elsewhere.
Thursday will be a cold one for much of the country, with rain and strong winds easing across Northern Ireland, and west Devon and Cornwall in England.
Some showers are expected near North Sea coasts.
Friday will be cold with an early frost and showers in the north-east before wet and windy weather moves east on Saturday, with snow in the north and east.
Sunday is expected to be brighter, showery and less cold, the Met Office said.
Meanwhile, there are warnings that Britain could face a brutal polar blast this winter, with similar conditions that the country saw in February when it was hit by Arctic air from Siberia and heavy snow that caused travel chaos.
Met Office five-day forecast
Wednesday will be rather cloudy and increasingly windy, with patchy rain, across Northern Ireland, central and western Scotland, along with Wales and southwest England.
Elsewhere it will be mostly dry and increasingly sunny, after a locally frosty and foggy start.
Cloudy and windy overnight across Northern Ireland, and the southwest corner of Britain, with occasional rain.
A few showers in the east and northeast.
Elsewhere, clear spells and a frost.
Patchy rain and strong winds will ease across Northern Ireland, west Devon and Cornwall.
Plenty of sunshine elsewhere after a frosty start, although cold.
Some showers near North Sea coasts.
Friday to Sunday
Mostly fine Friday, although cold with early frost.
Some showers northeast.
Wet and windy weather moves east Saturday, with snow in north and east.
Brighter, showery and less cold Sunday.
Surviving the cold weather
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