Parts of the UK can expect snow as wintry weather conditions are predicted to hit Britain from as early as today.
Temperatures are expected to plummet to lows of -5C (23F) this week after kicking off with a frosty start this morning.
The Met Office expects that parts of Scotland and north-east England will suffer the most from the chilly conditions.
And while temperatures are average for this time of year, conditions appear colder because of the wind.
Snow is even set to appear in parts of the country and may cover high ground above 200 metres in Scotland before falling south of the border later in the week.
The freeze will be accompanied by strong gusts of up to 60mph and could see “disruptive snowfall” as a result.
Downpours across the far west and some parts of the east on Tuesday will give way to typically wintry conditions by Thursday, according to the Met Office.
Heavy rain, strong winds and snow on hills in northern England could set in towards the weekend.
The mercury is forecast to hover between 6C (42F) and 8C (46F) in central England today, possibly nudging into double figures in the south.
Met Office metereologist Becky Mitchell said: “It’s going to be a cold start to the week with a touch of frost pretty much right across the country.
“Some parts of Scotland and north-east England are quite likely to see temperatures of minus five.
“It’s going to feel pretty chilly and the cold snap will continue into the week.
“Motorists will need a scraper in the morning to clear their windscreens and temperatures will really struggle with a northerly airflow.
“Scotland will be the coldest place with highs of no more than two or three degrees.
“Between Tuesday and Wednesday it will be cold and wet in the west and a bit drier in the east.
“From Thursday onwards there will be a chance of hill snow in northern areas.
“While the temperatures will be around average, it will feel much colder.”
The Met Office also believes that the snow could cause disruption and may threaten to shut road and see rail chaos.
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