The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert with heavy snow set to disrupt parts of Britain this weekend.
Temperatures are set to drop sharply overnight Thursday, to as low as 2C on Friday.
Forecasters warn ice and freezing rain could cause travel disruption.
There could also be cancellations of air and train travel.
The warning has been issued for Scotland and northern England between Saturday lunchtime, 12pm, and Sunday morning, 10am.
A Met Office spokesman said: “There is a risk of snow developing with strong south-easterly winds affecting northern UK on Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.
“The snow could be heavy at times, especially over hills where blizzards may develop, and is likely to drift in strong winds.
“Across northern England and southern Scotland, snow may turn to freezing rain above 200-300 metres leading to widespread ice developing on Saturday night.
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“Two to five cm of snow is likely at lower levels, whilst higher ground could see 10-20 cm.”
The Met Office could yet issue severe weather warnings regarding predicted rain and snowfall.
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