Forecasters are warning the UK to brace itself for another bitterly cold night as sub-zero temperatures take grip, with an Arctic blast set to sweep the country over the weekend.
Temperatures will fall as low as -2 or -3C in places such as Newcastle overnight, with the mercury struggling to get above freezing in most parts. Over the weekend there will be strong winds bringing an Arctic blast from the north, according to Met Office senior forecaster Tom Tobler.
Saturday night will also be extremely cold with widespread frost and snow showers in Scotland and eastern areas of England.
Mr Tobler warned that people should use roads with caution, as there is a risk of ice in many areas.
"There will be further snow showers affecting mainly northern areas, and a widespread sharp frost on Sunday night, making conditions difficult in the Monday morning rush hour," he said.
Responding to the cold snap, the Met Office issued a yellow "be aware" severe weather warning across the UK on Friday and Saturday, while an ice warning is likely to stay in place to stay over the weekend and into next week.
Strong winds of up to 60mph are predicted in north west Scotland, meaning blizzard conditions are likely, experts said.
MeteoGroup forecaster Chris Hogan said "heavy snow showers" were forecast in higher areas overnight as a band of cold weather moves south across England.
London could also see a "dusting" of snow, although sleet and rain are more likely, he added.
The warnings come as commuters dealt with the effects of “thundersnow” storms over Thursday and Friday, which caused up to 9in (23cm) of snow to lay in some parts.
UK weather in pictures: Snow blankets Britain
UK weather in pictures: Snow blankets Britain
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A deserted Goathland Station as blizzard sweeps through North Yorkshire
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A car gets stuck in the snow in Goathland, North Yorkshire
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Snow outside the Houses of Parliament in London
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The sun breaks through the clouds over a snow covered Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
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A man jogs through light snow in St James' Park, London
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Heavy snow on a car in Farncombe, Surrey
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People walking in the heavy snow that fell overnight in the Strathclyde region on January 29, 2015 in Glasgow Scotland.
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A horse stands in the snow in Langley
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A woman walks over the bridge covered in snow, in Langley
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The sun rises behind the Victora Tower on a snow covered Castle Hill in Huddersfield
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A stranded motorist makes his way over Dundrod on 29 January, in Northern Ireland
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Motorists make their way over Hannahstown Hill, near Belfast
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It's all good fun if you're off school
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Hector, a Spanish Water Dog, chasing a ball in the snow in Belfast
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A car in the snow near Worrall, South Yorkshire, as Britons were warned to brace themselves for fresh disruption today
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The sunrise over the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire, on 30 January
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A horse stands against the sleet and snow on January 29, 2015 in Belfast
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Snow ploughs have had their work cut out in Northern Ireland
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A snow covered Durham Cathedral
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Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport covered in a blanket of snow which has closed the airport, as schools, transport and mobile phone signals were disrupted after heavy snow hit parts of the country
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Tractors clear the snow from the runways at Manchester Airport's Terminal 1
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A cyclist makes his way through a blizzard in Durham
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Snow Blizzards on the A9 road near Blackford, Perthshire as snow blizzards sweep across the country
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Cars make their way through the snow in the Loxley area of Sheffield
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Snow covered graves at St Joseph's Church in west Belfast, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland
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A snow covered farm near Crook
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A walker braves the bitter weather at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Cars covered in snow at the car park at Manchester Airport's Terminal 1
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A general view of Bradford and the surrounding hills covered in snow, following heavy snow showers
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Children play in the snow in the grounds of Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tulloch Bridge in Inverness-shire bore the worst of the cold weather on Friday, as the mercury fell to minus -11C – the day’s coldest reading, according to the MeteoGroup.
Overnight 30 vehicles left abandoned in on the Woodhead Pass near Sheffield had to be moved following more heavy snowfall, and in Staffordshire the snow kept more than 100 schools closed today.
In the South West, the weather has caused the cancellation of ferry sailings from Plymouth to Roscoff until Sunday.
On Thursday, commuters across swathes of the UK had to deal with severe travel disruptions, not least at Manchester Airport – the nation’s third busiest – where both of its runways for several hours yesterday.
A total of 36 flights inbound or outbound were cancelled on Friday due to severe weather. A statement on its website on Friday assured customers that services at the airport are back to normal, but advised passengers to check specific airlines for flight delays.
And in Scotland, up to 23cm of snowfall forced 300 schools to close, while roads ground to a halt.
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