BRITAIN is bracing for a 48-hour snow bomb to hit next week with temperatures plunging to -5C thanks to an icy polar blast.
Temperatures will nosedive this weekend with the chilliest nights of the winter expected so far.
A level 2 "severe" cold weather alert has also been raised by the Met Office, meaning there will be danger to life as frigid temperatures pose serious health risks to vulnerable Brits.
Temperatures will drop well below freezing early next week as the UK prepares for a cold December.
A 48-hour snow flurry is forecast to follow the freeze next Thursday, starting in Scotland before covering north-east England and spreading to the south-east.
Up to 5cm of snow is expected across Scotland, Wales and the south of England on Thursday, while some areas are expected to reach -5C by Friday.
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MISTY WEATHER THIS AFTERNOON
Swans were caught feeding in the water surrounding the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park, south west London.
IT'S A 'FOG SANDWICH'
Two weather fronts sitting to the north and south of the UK have created a "fog sandwich" for most Brits today.
The Met Office issued a message on Twitter saying: "It is a #fog sandwich today, as two weather fronts sit to the north and south of the UK, with fog patches in between."
CLOUD AND FOG THIS AFTERNOON
Fog and low-lying cloud with linger this afternoon keeping conditions chilly towards the end of the working week.
Temperatures are expected to remain in single figures across the UK.
Some areas though will see milder conditions and some "pleasant spells," according to the Met Office.
SHOWERS TO HIT NORTHERN IRELAND
Northern Ireland can expect to see the odd shower over the course of the day.
It's expected to be a cloudy day with some rainy spells throughout the afternoon and evening.
"A largely cloudy day with the odd spot of rain at times, mainly towards the North Coast," the Met Office said.
"Some brightness coming through across Down and Armagh. Light winds.
"A cloudy evening with a few showers around. Skies will clear overnight allowing some patchy fog and frost to develop. Minimum temperature 1C."
COMMUTERS BATTLE FOG: PICTURES
Commuters battled thick fog during their journeys to work this morning.
The Met Office has a yellow weather warning covering most of central England and parts of eastern Wales which is expected to remain until at least midday.
It was also a chilly morning in most places too with frost lying around as the working day got underway.
WALES TO SEE A COLD BUT DRY DAY
Wales is expected to remain dry but cold throughout today with eastern hit by thick fog.
The Met Office said: "Any early fog is likely to linger for much of the day across eastern areas, keeping temperatures low where patches remain.
"Elsewhere, a dry day with some sunny spells and light winds. Maximum temperature 9 °C.
"Tonight, cloud cover will spread northwards overnight giving the chance of some spots of light rain.
"However, western coasts likely staying clear. Feeling cold. Minimum temperature -1 °C."
Not only will most of England see some thick fog but temperatures are set to remain on the chilly side for most of the day.
The fog is predicted to blanket Britain and led to temperatures dropping to -5C overnight.
The Met Office forecast for Friday says: “Early fog and low cloud slow to clear from some areas and lingering all day over parts of Wales and central and eastern England."
FOGGY NOTION: ENGLAND UNDER BLANKET OF FOG
Most Brits got today underway beneath of blanket of fog which is expected to linger for some time.
The Met Office is expecting the conditions to last until midday and have issued a yellow weather warning.
It said widespread dense fog would develop throughout the morning and journeys could be disrupted.
A YELLOW weather warning is in place for fog across much of England today.
Commuters are warned to expect slower journey times or delays to their journeys.
There is a chance of delays or cancellations to flights, The Met Office warned.
FOG is most widespread through central and southern England.
Temperatures today will hover at around 7C or 8C across the UK, with average temperatures in the North of England dipping to 6C.
Across the South of England, the mercury will nudge up to an average of 8C.
IT'S a chilly start to the day with fog enveloping parts of the country.
Early fog and low cloud will linger over parts of Wales and central and eastern England.
There will be rain at times in parts of northern and central Scotland.
It will be a dry but dull start to the day with early patches of mist and fog which will be slow to clear and will linger for much of the day.
Cloud will continue throughout the day, although a few brighter spells will develop at times. Outbreaks of light rain and drizzle across Scotland and southern England are expected.
An overcast evening is forecast with cloudy skies and there will be outbreaks of drizzle and light rain across Scotland and southern England which will push northwards.
Overnight will continue cloudy with patches of mist and fog forming.
FOG WARNING IN PLACE
Fog and freezing fog patches are expected to develop quite widely on Thursday night, with some of these becoming dense in places with very poor visibility.
This is most likely to affect parts of central England and east Wales, but other areas are also at risk.
Fog is likely to be slow to clear during Friday and may last through the day in some places which may lead to some travel disruption.
A yellow fog warning has been issued for parts of England and eastern Wales until 12pm Friday.
FRIDAY MORNING GREY & COLD
Friday morning will be grey and cold for many across the country.
There will also be some freezing fog patches for some, appearing most widespread across central England and eastern Wales.
Showery rain will affect northern Scotland but elsewhere some sunshine is possible in places.
TEMPS TO TUMBLE OVERNIGHT
Temperatures will tumble in many areas overnight, especially where skies stay clear, the Met Office warns.
It is already below freezing in parts of Wales and the Midlands and temperatures may fall to -4°C or -5°C in the countryside.
Freezing fog patches will form in places as well.
PATCHY LIGHT RAIN TONIGHT
The extremes of the UK could see some patchy, light rain tonight.
Both the furthest parts of south-east England and the extremes of north-west Scotland could be affected, the Met Office says.
Most parts though will stay dry with some areas becoming cloudy later on.
MORE FOG ON FRIDAY
The Met Office has another yellow warning in place for fog on Friday.
Most of central England and eastern Wales will be affected and could cause delays to journeys.
Some flights could also be delayed or cancelled.
YELLOW WARNING: FOG
The Met Office has today issued a yellow warning for fog.
The warning covers most of central England and parts of eastern Wales.
The warning is in place from 8pm tonight until noon tomorrow.
The Met Office says travellers should expect delays to their journeys.
Some flight may also be delayed or cancelled.
YELLOW FOG WARNING TONIGHT: MAP
Here's a map of all the areas affected by tonight's severe fog warning.
The East Midlands, East of England, London, the South East, the North West, the South West, Wales, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire are all areas which will be affected by the freezing fog.
YELLOW WEATHER WARNING ISSUED
A yellow weather warning has been issued for TONIGHT.
A severe fog warning is in place for central England and Wales from 8pm this evening.
We'll bring you all the information on the latest weather warning.
READY FOR XMAS
A red deer was caught lifting its hoof towards a member of the public as they enter their car in the Highlands, Scotland, on a very chilly day.
LATEST WEATHER FORECAST
Here's the latest weather lines from the BBC.
BBC Weather tweeted: "Dry for most this afternoon, with some sunshine although low cloud and fog may linger locally, particularly in Nothern England.
"The far South East will stay mostly cloudy."
FOG FORMING THIS EVENING
Brits have been warned to take care this evening as fog patches start to form in many areas and look to continue overnight.
The Met Office said in a Twitter message: "Fog patches will form this evening before becoming more widespread overnight.
"Poor visibility is expected on Friday morning, giving difficult driving conditions in places and perhaps disruption to travel.
"Some of this fog will be freezing and may struggle to clear on Friday."