17 March, 2018
Britons are bracing themselves for a sub-zero weekend of the white stuff with temperatures plummeting to a risky -13C in what forecasters have dubbed the "mini Beast from the East". Especially on the eastern side of Ireland, 1C to 2C with a significant wind-chill factor.
Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys after Highways England issued a severe weather alert for snow.
It warned: "It may come as a shock to the system for some whose bodies may struggle to cope in cold weather".
Forecasters have issued a Status Yellow weather warning for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan where they expect low-temperatures and snow showers on Saturday night and Sunday.
"Remember not everyone copes well when the temperature drops, is there anyone you could check on?"
Sunday will be a similar story, with snow and ice expected across the United Kingdom and amber warnings in places across much of the north and the south east.
Met Éireann is predicting up to 6cm of snow, while temperatures will plummet with the risk of frost and ice.
As Siberian air pushes across the United Kingdom there are yellow weather and amber warnings in place for snow and ice until midnight on Sunday, as the Met Office predicts travel disruption and power cuts.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin warned villages could be cut off once again by constant snowfalls across eastern England.
"Starting with this evening, we've got this band of wet weather across the east".
On Sunday, snow showers will continue which could prove disruptive.
This is in effect from 12pm on Saturday until 9am on Monday morning.
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"How much snow are we likely to see?"
However the Yellow warning remains further north.
Scattered heavy snow showers will lead to accumulations in places and some drifting.
"The last couple of days have been quite mild across parts of the UK".
"That is why we have amber warnings in force across these areas".
The warnings state that travel disruption is possible, rural communities could become cut off, vehicles may be stranded and power cuts may occur.
"Villages could get cut off".
Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "The best way to describe this is a real return to wintry conditions".
Meteorologist Martin Bowles said the weekend's weather could be dubbed a "mini Beast from the East".
He said: "We don't expect anything like the same impact as a result of it, although there will be some snow about".
The snow will start to fall at around 5pm on today (Friday 15th March) throughout the night.
But now the yellow warning has been extended until 10am on Monday, with ice on roads, pavements and cycle paths likely either where melted snow refreezes or where further wintry showers occur causing risky travel conditions, mainly in the east of England and Scotland.