Snow to return across Britain this weekend with temperatures falling as low as -6CSnow set to hit North East, East Anglia and Scotland today and tomorrowTemperatures plunge as low as -6C (21F) as freezing weather returns
13:51 GMT, 1 February 2013
17:50 GMT, 1 February 2013
Britain may have only just recovered from last month's Big Freeze, but more cold weather and snow are on the way today.
As freezing temperatures return to the UK, eastern parts of the country will be hit by snow showers starting this evening and continuing overnight.
A new cold snap comes as much of Britain is still afflicted with floods caused by melting snow and a week of heavy rain.
White: Snow in County Durham left over from January's storms as it is set to return in some areas
Disruption: A motorist driving past snow-covered banks in the North East today
Snow will start to arrive late on Friday afternoon, according to a Met Office spokesman, with north-east Scotland the first area to be affected.
Over the evening it will move south, hitting Northumberland and North Yorkshire.
Freezing temperatures overnight will stop the snow from melting, and by tomorrow morning it will have reached as far south as Lincolnshire and East Anglia.
Unlike the carpets of snow which covered much of the country during the second half of January, the showers this weekend are likely to leave a covering of no more than 4cm, according to the Met Office.
Sign of spring: Snowdrops are blooming in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew despite the cold
While most of the UK will avoid the disruption of snow, cold temperatures are set to sweep through the country overnight.
On Saturday morning, the thermometer
is forecast to reach as low as -6C (21F) in Scotland, with temperatures
in most of England hovering around freezing.
However, the south and west of England will enjoy bright sunshine throughout Saturday.
BBC forecaster Chris Fawkes
predicts that the cold will hang around for several more days as
February brings little respite from the January freeze.
'Next week has a good cold plunge over UK, there will be some snow around next week,' he tweeted.
Flooding: The recent thaw and heavy rains have led to dangerous conditions in low-lying areas
Extreme: Walkers in Cambridgeshire found their way blocked today after the River Ouse burst its banks
This radar map shows where snow and rain will fall across Britain this weekend
Several days of torrential rain, coupled with the thawing snow in many areas, has led to severe flooding in low-lying areas of the country.
There are currently 33 active flood warnings in England and Wales.
The Big Freeze, which last for around two weeks from mid-January, brought a succession of sub-zero temperatures in all parts of the UK, and heavy snowfall.
A foot of snow fell in Gloucestershire with several inches in many other places, bringing travel chaos as public transport shut down and roads were covered in ice.
The sustained period of freezing cold meant that snow could be seen on the grounds for days after the last falls – and when it did finally melt, low-lying areas were overrun with floods.