Snow and sub-zero temperatures are on the way as many parts of the UK brace themselves for a cold snap over the weekend.
Forecasters have warned that a band of rain, sleet and snow is sweeping south, with strong, freezing winds making temperatures feel colder than they are.
Temperatures are below average, with no sign of a respite in the near future, according to Tony Conlan of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.
“Saturday is going to be a transition day,” he said. “Rain and sleet will affect many areas, turning into snow on northern hills.”
Temperatures across most regions will be between 3C and 6C.
Mr Conlan said: “There will be snow showers on Saturday night, particularly over north-east England and east Scotland.
“Sunday will be a day of sunshine and a scattering of snow showers.
“Much of the UK will see snow, but Scotland and the North East will again see the most snow.
“There are no signs of spring anywhere on the horizon,” he added .