The Met Office has predicted snowfall across parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the coming days, with thunderstorms also possible in some areas of the UK
Heavy snow is expected across the UK in the coming days, with up to six inches of the white stuff possible in some areas.
The Met Office has also warned of ‘thundersnow’ in some parts of the country, with three weather warnings issued for north-west and north-east England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Grahame Madge, of the Met Office, said ‘thundersnow’ would be caused by a cold front arriving from the west and hitting ground that has been warmed by unseasonable temperatures.
Forecasters said brief power cuts are possible due to lightning strikes, while icy conditions are likely to cause travel disruption.
There are even fears of ‘temporary blizzard conditions’ on some roads in higher areas.
It comes after meteorologists predicted temperatures could drop to -12C on Wednesday night .
Here is an area-by-area breakdown of the weather in the coming days:
Flurries of snow are expected in north-west England on Thursday night.
The snowfall will become heavier on Friday morning with temperatures set to plunge below 0C in the evening.
Thunderstorms are also possible in Greater Manchester tomorrow, with netweather.tv saying there is a 32% risk of thunder on Friday and 30% on Saturday.
A Met Office snow warning has been issued for an area of north-east England to the west of Scarborough.
The alert is in force from 10am to 4pm on Thursday and predicts ‘temporary blizzard conditions’ on roads on higher ground.
Rain is expected to spread eastwards on Thursday afternoon, bringing snow to northern hills, the Met Office said.
Flurries of snow will continue on Friday morning in places such as Gainsborough, York and Scunthorpe, however normal cloudy conditions will return in the evening.
Downpours are expected throughout Scotland on Thursday afternoon, with snowfall and icy conditions likely in the evening.
Heavy showers of the white stuff will hit central areas overnight, with further flurries throughout the country in the afternoon.
The Met Office has warned of delays on roads, with the chance of some vehicles and passengers becoming stranded.
It added that rail journeys and flights could also be pushed back or cancelled.
Up to six inches of snow is possible above 400 metres and there could be thunderstorms in some coastal areas, with a 30% risk in Ayrshire, according to netweather.tv.
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The west of Northern Ireland has been hit with a snow and ice weather warning.
The alert is in force from 8pm on Thursday until 11am on Friday, with forecasters predicting ‘dangerous, icy patches’.
The Met Office has predicted the conditions will result in injuries from slips and falls.
Heavy snow is expected throughout Northern Ireland on Friday morning before the weather turns overcast in the evening.