Weather forecasters are predicting heavy snow this week, with warnings of ice and widespread frosts.
England can expect temperatures as low as -6C this week and Scotland is forecast to suffer lows colder than -14C.
Heavy snow and gale-force winds could spell travel chaos and cut off villages as bone-chilling air from the Arctic hits the United Kingdom this week, forecasters warned yesterday.
A weather warning for ice has been issued for the north-east.
The Met office's Meteorologist continued: "Initially mostly rain but turning more and more into sleet and snow as we go through the afternoon".
"Crossing through the Midlands it starts off as rain across East Anglia and in the southeast but again it is likely for a time to turn to snow in the evening and during the early hours of the morning".
A warning from the Met Office says on Tuesday: "Rain turning to snow, especially on hills, then turning icy".
Up to 10cm of snow could fall on higher ground as temperatures drop across large parts of the United Kingdom this week.
Three to five centimeters of snow is predicted, with up to 10 cm in a few places.
A covering of 1-2cm is more likely at lower levels. "As this clears, ice is likely to form on some surfaces on Wednesday morning".
"In addition, wintry showers will follow into western areas on Wednesday morning, giving further slight accumulations of snow in a few places". According to the Met Office it will keep snowing until 1pm on Wednesday around Princetown.