BRITAIN is set for snow, bone-chilling sleet and temperatures as low as MINUS 10C nationwide.
The UK will stay in the chiller until mid-February as a 10-day Scandinavian freeze sweeps the nation.
Heavy snowstorms were reported this morning across Kent, Essex and Suffolk.
The Met Office has issued snow and ice weather alerts across Scotland, northern and western England until Tuesday. Temperatures are set to plunge to -10C (14F) at night with winds making it feel closer to -15C (5F).
The Met Office have warned that icy patches are likely to form this morning on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths bringing a risk of injuries.
Claire Kennedy-Edwards, senior meteorologist for The Weather Channel said: “It is turning much colder across the UK as it is influenced by higher pressure from Scandinavia, this will drag a cold east to north-easterly flow across the UK. Snow showers are expected across central Britain on Tuesday afternoon with a risk of snow in the southeast on Tuesday night and through Wednesday morning as showers feed in from the North Sea. There is also a risk of further more widespread snow across the UK on Friday.”
The Met Office with Public Health England (PHE) has upgraded a cold weather health alert to a more serious level-3 caution.
It has been extended across the whole of England until Friday sparking warnings for elderly and vulnerable people to take care.
Forecasters believe that this could be the harshest week of winter so far for Britain and that it could last into mid February.
Charities have warned elderly people and those with health conditions to stay home during the worst of the weather and that is it imperative that these people make sure that their heating source is good working order.