A health alert warning regarding 'severe weather action' warns the elderly and vulnerable to take care through the coming days as a big freeze looms.
Sheet ice will transform roads and pavements while up to four inches of snow will blanket some areas, according to the Met Office.
Subzero conditions sweeping in from Russia and Eastern Europe will disrupt rail and air services.
Power cuts and delays on the roads will also be possible due to the adverse weather, writes the Express.
Heavy snow, which has also fallen in parts of the UK, with Scotland and the north seeing most of the white stuff, will spread widely through the next 24 hours.
London and the south east are at risk of being hit with wintry showers.
Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “This is the greatest threat posed by the weather at this time of year since the big freeze of 2010/11.
“We are expecting a north-easterly and easterly feed with air coming in from Russia and the surrounding regions.
“This will bring some very low temperatures and snow, and overall, this is looking like the most notable snow event for a decade.
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“So far snow has affected only some regions, but this will change over the next few days with more widespread, and at times heavy, wintry showers expected.
“We are looking at an extended Polar blast.”
Public Health England have issued a level 3 'cold weather action' health alert for the country into the New Year.
The warning covers widespread ice, low temperatures and heavy snow, which pose a threat to the vulnerable and the elderly.
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Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, PHE’s public health consultant, said: “Cold weather can be bad for your health.
“Heat your home to at least 18 Celsius if you can, particularly if you have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease.”
Meteorologists are keeping a keen eye on the Baltic region amid growing fears of repeat of the killer 2018 Beast from the East.
Mr Dale said: “The beast is getting closer and at the moment it is stretching its claws across from the east towards Britain.
“While the Atlantic weather is currently being held back by high pressure over Greenland, if this weakens it will allow more moist air into the UK where it will clash with cold air.
“This is something we will be keeping our eyes on as this could bring the very real risk of a major snow event later in January.
“This is looking like turning into a lengthy cold spell lasting at least into the middle of January.”
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