Snow and ice warning for swathes of Scotland overnight

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After overnight snowfall turned swathes of the country white, the United Kingdom was warned it faces this winter's coldest spell of yet in the north-east of Scotland, where temperatures are expected to plummet to -8C today.

PARENTS hoping to make the most of the half term break will be left disappointed as heavy rain and snow gear up to batter Britain for almost all of next week. Frost and icy patches will develop also with lowest temperatures of 0 to -3 degrees.

Rain, wind, and more rain for Saturday and all through the night.

Met Eireann warned that the wind chill factor will makes conditions appear even colder.

The longer-term forecast is for it to be cold, with ongoing wintry showers.

Scattered heavy wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur also with some accumulations of snow over high ground.

More showers this afternoon will give a total 24 hour rainfall accumulation for today of between 25 and 35 mm.

Temperatures Sunday and Monday are expected to be colder than normal but will pick up on Tuesday and Wednesday as a new weather system comes in from the Atlantic.

The rain will turn increasingly to snow on higher ground later in the evening, with journey times likely to be impacted and some interruptions to power services possible.

"So once we clear this weather front into the north sea, Sunday sees a brisk northwesterly breeze, follow these isobars back and you get to Arctic Canada and the air will be particularly cold during Sunday". Highest temperatures will range from 4°C to 6°C.