Severe weather warnings have been issued for large parts of the UK as forecasters predict heavy snow in the coming days.
Wintry showers are expected to hit northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning - which means be aware - and called on the public to prepare for disruption to travel.
Forecasters expect 2-5cm of snow to accumulate locally at low levels while higher ground above 150 metres could see in excess of 10cm. Visibility could be significantly reduced at times with strong and gusty winds likely to accompany snow showers.
A statement by the Met Office's chief forecaster read: "An active cold front is expected to push south-east across the UK during Wednesday introducing an increasingly cold and unstable air mass.
"Showers will become frequent and heavy, increasingly falling as snow in the north and west, and driven well inland by strong to gale force north-westerly winds. Accumulating snow is likely, especially overnight."
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The Met Office have confirmed today that the current cold weather alert will remain in place until Wednesday.
The weather and climate service posted an update on Twitter advising Britons of the ongoing Level 3 weather conditions:
Last night temperatures across the UK fell to the lowest of the year with the mercury plunging as low as -8.7 (16.3F) in places such as Katesbridge, Co Down.
A weather warning for ice is in place today, including in the east Midlands, as freezing temperatures and offshore rain showers increase the risk of slippy surfaces.
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Temperatures are expected to plunge over the next three days as 2014 gets set to end on a cold note.
Temperatures are expected to drop to a low of -10C (14F) overnight - the coldest it has been all year - 48 hours after snowfall affected travellers in parts of northern England, Scotland and the Midlands.
Last night was very cold, but it didn't quite break the record due to some cloud cover. We had lows of -7C (19.4F) in parts of Northern Ireland, which was about as cold as it got. But we are expecting -10C potentially tonight in northern Scotland or Northern Ireland."
Bookmakers have installed odds of 5/1 that snow will fall in London on New Year's Day, with odds of 9/4 and 3/1 for Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively.
Temperatures are set to plunge to -10C overnight as more harsh weather is expected across the UK today.
Rain showers are due this morning which will clear much of the snow away but motorists should be wary of icy patches.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "We will still have showers, which is likely to mean the snow will not settle.
"But it is going to be very cold indeed, as low as 4 or 5C in the south and 2C in the north."
Roads and airports have been affected by icy blizzards especially in the north of England.
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