Britain is bracing for cold icy weather this weekend with a risk of snow as the mercury plunges.
The Met office has also issued a yellow weather warning for fog, covering the Midlands and South Yorkshire.
The warning was enforced at 1am today and is set to be in place for 10 hours.
Early birds are expected to see some travel disruptions as certain areas will be affected with visibility below 100 metres.
Northern parts of the UK will hit freezing point while Scotland and the Highlands will see sub-zero temperatures, reaching -6C in some areas.
The Environment Agency has issued a total of 72 flood alerts and warnings.
Met Office Alex Burkill told Mirror Online that Saturday morning is expected to see 'wetty', 'windy' weather from southern part of England.
He said: "There will be lots of sunshine in Scotland but we recorded -9.3 degree at Tyndrum this morning.
"Lots of fogs across south-east of the UK and they are slow to clear. The fog is expected to return on Sunday morning.
"Other than that, Saturday is with fine weather but chilly."
Met Officer meteorologist Oli Claydon told Daily Express: "By Friday morning pretty much all of the UK will be very cod and crisp, apart from the southwest will be milder.
"Low pressure will bring rainfall to the region into the weekend while the rest of the UK remains very cold with widespread frosts.
"We are looking at overnight temperatures of between -6C in Scotland and -2C in London, in Scotland there is a chance showers will fall as snow over the hills at the weekend."
He said the cold weather conditions will carry on at the beginning of next week.
"Although milder air will move into Scotland at the start of next week, the rest of the country will stay cold through Monday and Tuesday," he added.
WxCharts, a social media account dedicated to weather data, said the drastic drop in temperature is due to a 'meandering influence of the jet stream'.
They posted: "The textbook omega block sat to the west of the UK will leave much of Europe stuck beneath a deep upper-level trough, allowing cold air to pour in."
5-day weather forecast:
Dry and cold for most, although fog may be slow to clear from some areas. A few showers possible on some northeastern coasts. Cloudy in the far southwest where it will also be windy with rain, possibly heavy at times.
Rain clearing the far southwest. Elsewhere, mainly dry with clear periods allowing another cold, frosty night. A risk of fog patches across northern areas.
Most places dry and sunny, but feeling rather cold. A few showers likely in far north and also across the southeast.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Mainly cold and dry with light winds, overnight frosts, and increasing amounts of mist and fog in the south. Scotland breezier, less cold, and often cloudier with outbreaks of rain.
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