Parts of Britain will be hit by two inches of rain and 60mph gusts today ahead of a further chilly blast on the way.
It may be the middle of March, but cold air is sweeping in from Siberia and Scandinavia this weekend – bringing more ice and snow along with bitter easterly winds, and Sunday is expected to be worst hit.
The Met Office is set to issue warnings for snow over large swathes of the UK. Forecasters are predicting further snowfall on hills in northern England on Friday, extending down the eastern side of the country on Saturday.
And the wintry conditions could become more widespread by Sunday, extending further west with harsh night-time frosts. The Met Office has already issued rain warnings for Northern Ireland and South West England today.
Meanwhile the Environment Agency has issued 49 flood alerts and seven more serious warnings for England, with areas including North Yorkshire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and the Midlands particularly affected.
Today is also the spring equilux, meaning Britain has 12 hours of daylight and days will now be longer than nights.