Jenny Rourke, Met Office deputy chief operational meteorologist, said: “A cold spell of weather will affect the UK from Wednesday onwards.
“With wintry weather anticipated later this week, we’ve issued weather warnings for snow and wind and we advise people to check the latest forecast and weather warnings before they travel.”
Latest snow risk map for January 13 and the latest temperature map for January 18
As the freezing Arctic air heads towards the UK, here are the latest maps, snow forecasts and warnings.
Snow warning between 6pm on Wednesday and noon on Thursday
The yellow warning of wind and snow covers swathes of Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North West of England and the north of Wales.
The Met Office warns that the blizzards, with gusts of up to 55 mph and possibly lightning as well, will hit coastal areas and hills.
Yellow warnings for snow on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week
Latest snow forecast for Friday January 13 2017
The warning said: “Snow showers are expected to develop from Wednesday evening lasting into Thursday. These, combined with strong winds, could lead to locally very poor travel conditions.
“Be aware of the potential for disruption to transport due to lying and blowing snow.”
The icy blast coming over from Arctic Canada is set to push temperatures down to below minus 10C in some places overnight.
Away from snowy areas, temperatures are likely to remain about two to five degrees Celsius during the day.
The yellow warning of wind and snow moves further south, covering the coastline on the west and also the east down to Norfolk.
The ‘horseshoe’-shaped warning does not cover London and South East England but touches on all other regions in the UK.
A Met Office spokesman said: “The further inland you go, the less chance you have of seeing snow.”
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told Express.co.uk: “The first belt of snow is likely to hit northern and western parts of the country from Wednesday evening and during the early hours of Thursday.
“This will then spread to parts of The Midlands and central and southern England later; anywhere in the country could see snow into next weekend.”
The Met Office is telling people to insulate their pipes and protect their property ahead of snowfall this week.
The weather forecast for noon on Wednesday and noon on Thursday
“The fact that drivers in some parts of the country will be faced with strong winds, snow showers and icy stretches increases the chances of problems on the road enormously.
“Commuters and those drivers planning longer journeys this week must heed the weather warnings and be prepared for tricky driving conditions and significantly extended journey times.”
Here are all the areas affected by yellow warnings this week:
Central, Tayside and Fife, East Midlands, East of England, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, South West Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, Strathclyde, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber.