Temperatures could dip below -5C over the weekend as parts of the UK will be hit by snow and sleet as bookies slashed the odds of a white Christmas.
The Met Office issued ice warnings for Scotland, Wales, the North, East and West Midlands as snow and sleet turns into ice.
The Met Office warning said: ‘Ice will be a hazard in places on Saturday morning.
‘The extent of hazards looks like being somewhat lower than preceding days, but where wintry showers fall, or there is still patchy snowcover, icy stretches are likely on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.’
‘The cold, showery weather will finally begin to lose its grip as we move into the weekend.
‘However before this happens there is scope for some ice affecting areas where wintry showers continue to fall, or where there is existing partly melted snow cover.’
Manchester and Settle, North Yorkshire are predicted to have light snow while Preston, Telford, West Midlands, Buxton, Derbyshire and Keswick, Lake District, will have sleet.
Paddy Power cut the odds of London having white Christmas to 7/4, Glasgow and Manchester are evens and Birmingham is 5/2.
The favourites to see snowfall next Monday are Belfast 2/1 and Dundee 6/4.
Tomorrow there will be heavy rain across the UK in the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western parts of England, Scotland and across Wales.
Greg Dewhurst, Met Office forecaster, said: ‘It’s a lovely sunny start, plenty of winter sunshine, but a cold, frosty start.
‘Through the day tomorrow it looks like we will see cloud increase across parts of the west of the UK.
‘There’s some showery rain across parts of Northern Ireland and Wales, eventually slipping into central southern England.’
This week temperatures will become a lot milder and even reach double digits for much of the country by Tuesday.
The festive period in the North will be wet and windy but the South will see more settled weather, long-range forecasts show.
Mr Dewhurst said: ‘In terms of the Christmas period, it looks like it will stay on the milder side.
‘But there are hints that there could be a few colder bits coming through – but nothing like what we’ve seen.’
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