Motorists told to prepare as temperatures set to plunge

A car drives past a snow covered sign advertising Santa's Winter Wonderland in Worcester, as heavy snowfall across parts of the UK is causing widespread disruption, closing roads and grounding flights at an airport.

Motorists are being told to prepare for more ice and snow this week as temperatures plunge.

Arctic winds will send parts of the country into sub-zero temperatures as the second cold snap hits.

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From Thursday, Arctic conditions are expected to return, gripping the country in another cold snap by the weekend.

Freezing winds from the north will see lows of -6C in some place, the Met Office said.

Elsewhere across the UK sub-zero temperatures are also forecast, with more wintry showers in parts by the end of the week.

This comes just days after icy and snowy conditions caused havoc on UK roads, with lows hitting -13C in some parts of the country.

Grahame Madge, forecaster for the Met Office, told the Daily Star: "Wednesday will be slightly milder as we lose the Arctic influence and temperatures will rise into high single figures.

"Rain will start coming in however and some of these showers will fall as snow over high ground in Scotland and northern England.

"It looks as though we will return to a Polar maritime airflow towards the end of the week bringing temperatures back down with further wintry showers possible in parts on Thursday.

"Friday is looking calmer and more settled although it will be cold."

But looking ahead to next week and temperatures could sink to lows of -17C due to a 'Polar vortex'.

And according to the Met Office, northern regions of the UK may see snow fall over the Christmas and New Year period.

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