In the past 24 hours forecasters have ramped up warnings of a savage cold snap and snow showers on the first day of 2017.
Temperatures plummeted to as low as -7C yesterday across the UK with freezing fog wreaking havoc on the roads.
It prompted health officials to remind the public that “cold can kill” – with the elderly and young children most vulnerable.
Now Britain is bracing itself for a lashing of the white stuff and historically low mercury levels.
Gavin Partridge, online weather forecaster, told Daily Star Online there could be snow showers for Scotland and northern England on New Year’s Day.
He added: “England and Wales look wet for NYD with a chance of a little snow for southern counties on the back edge of the rainfall late on NYD.”
Charts from the Weather Outlook suggest snow showers may rain down on the UK on January 1 and 2.
According to the weather maps, Scotland, north Wales, north east England and parts of southern England appear to be in the firing line.
“In the north we’ll see some snow showers around, and a mixture of rain and sleet.”
Met Office meteorologist Emma Sharples
A spokesperson for Weather World told Daily Star Online: “There’s the risk of some light snow on the back edge of a cold front moving south.
“The front may stall and turn to snow across the south.”
It comes after the Met Office told Daily Star Online it’s likely Scotland could wake up to a dusting of snow of New Year’s Day.
Met Office meteorologist Emma Sharples said: “In the north we’ll see some snow showers around, and a mixture of rain and sleet.
“We’ll start to see that happening mostly in Scotland and as we go through New Year’s Day the wintry showers will move down the east coast of England.”
Snow falls upon Derbyshire as the mild weather comes to an end in the UK
Meanwhile, bookmaker Coral are giving good odds Sunday will be the coldest New Year’s Day in history.
Earlier this week thick fog cause a huge 20-car pile up in Oxfordshire – leaving one woman dead and several badly injured.
The AA urged “extreme caution” for those heading out on the roads over New Year.
Spokesman Ian Crowder said: “We have got the worst possible conditions really, of fog and icy roads, and that can be lethal.
“I think the message is extreme caution and to prepare for the worst and make sure all windows are clear.”
Source : Daily Star