BRITAIN is set to be blasted with two days of snow and ice as temperatures plunge to -5C this week.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of the UK on Wednesday and Thursday.
The alerts are in place until 10am on Thursday morning – although the cold spell is set to last until the end of the week.
The lowest temperatures are expected to hit on Friday night, with the mercury dropping to -5C in Scotland and dipping below zero across the north of England.
According to the Met Office, Norwich, Manchester and Newcastle will be among the worst areas hit.
Met Office Meteorologist, Emma Salter, told the Sun Online: “There’s definitely going to be quite a different feel in the weather over the next couple of days.
“Anywhere that’s 150m above sea level is likely to see about 2cm of snow on Wednesday night in to Thursday.
“As we go through the week the winds will change and we’ll get that cold feel.
“Every night this week we could get a couple [of places] dipping below freezing.”
The cold blast will see widespread frost and some snow in parts of the UK on Wednesday night.
The Met Office has also warned that roads and pavements could become icy.
Over the weekend temperatures are set to reach -4C in Newcastle and -3C in Norwich in the early hours of Saturday.
Manchester could also dip below freezing.
It follows mild temperatures across the UK in the last few days, with highs reaching 16C today.
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The big freeze will also follow warnings of heavy rain issued by the Met Office today.
Up to 90mm of rainfall was expected to hit Wales from last night until 10am today, with a risk of power cuts and travel disruption.
The average rainfall for March is 117mm in Wales which means the worst affected areas could be hit by three weeks of rain in just over 24 hours.
The Met Office warned there is a good chance some communities will be cut off by flooded roads and fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life.
The Environment Agency has issued 180 flood warnings and alerts across the country.
Areas already hit by flooding in February, including Builth Wells and Newtown in mid Wales, are among those expected to be worst hit, with flooding likely to cause damage to homes and businesses.
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