Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys on Friday after Highways England issued a severe weather alert for the North West of England and the West Midlands and their major roads.
An amber warning for snow will be in place across the West Midlands region between midnight and 6pm on Friday in response to anticipated frequent snow showers.
West Midlands and Cheshire are considered to be at greatest risk with showers tracking south-eastwards towards Birmingham, but drivers are being urged to take care on all high level routes in the region.
Highways England routes most likely to be affected by the poorest conditions include the M6, particularly between junctions 14 and 17, the A5, A49, M54, M56, A55 and the A483.
Snow fall of between 2-5cms is predicted but with gusty winds there will be some drifting causing travel disruption throughout the day, and giving rise to increased journey times.
Phil Stockford, emergency planning manager at Highways England, said:
Nicola Maxey from the Met Office said: