Brits are bracing themselves for a second Beast from the East as swathes of the UK is hit with an urgent snow and ice warning.
An arctic chill blowing in from Greenland has left temperatures plummeting as snow tumbled down in some regions overnight.
The Met Office has put in place a mammoth yellow weather warning covering practically all of Britain.
Experts are urging Brits to be careful of icy conditions following treacherous rain, sleet and snow.
All but Northern Ireland, Wales and the South West of England are covered by the warning for Friday.
Temperatures dropped to -15C in some regions as forecasters predict ice for most of the country.
Patches of freezing fog are expected across much of the UK bringing widespread frost and freezing temperatures, the Met forecast.
It comes ahead of a second so-called Beast from the East which is set to bow into Britain next week and batter Blighty with snow.
The Met Office is tracking a sudden stratospheric warming, which is what caused the fatal 2018 blizzards.
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Heavy snow has already caused treacherous travel conditions in the UK. Yorkshire’s ambulance service declared a major incident on Thursday due to poor roads.
The wintery showers had a “severe impact” on the emergency service.
Meanwhile on Friday temperatures are set to tumble to 1C across parts of London and the South East.
Becky Mitchell, a Met meteorologist, said: "Saturday is the next day we could potentially see some snow.
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"We may even see some temporary snow across parts of the South East, towards East Anglia but at the moment we're not expecting to see the same amount of snowfall as we have had."
She added: "Into next week it's quite uncertain but it looks like temperatures will be around average to start with – so not particularly cold.
"But, towards the end of the week, there are signs we could potentially see further snowfall across northern parts of the country."
It comes after one police force told drivers to avoid travelling due to the wintery conditions.
Police Scotland’s Chief Superintendent Louise Blakelock said: "Government restrictions on travelling remain in place across Scotland because of the ongoing pandemic.
"People should not leave their homes unless for essential purposes and work from home where possible. The best way to stay safe is to stay at home."
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