More Arctic winds are behind the new cold snap, with lows of -6C expected in northern Scotland over the weekend.
It is expected to be a bright day for many, but will turn cloudier and windier in the west as the day goes on, with rain and hill snow later this afternoon.
It is unclear how much disruption the freezing temperatures will bring, but the north of England and western Scotland have been warned to prepare for more snow today.
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Sunshine increases through the afternoon. Weak high pressure will settle in making for times of clouds and sunshine, but a northwest breeze will continue to gust at times occasionally reaching into the 25 to 30 miles per hour range.
But forecasters say the blast of arctic air will sweep away this weekend with temperatures soaring to 13C (55F) in the week up to Christmas, a welcome change to the severe weather that left thousands of people without power.
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But looking ahead to next week and temperatures could sink to lows of -17C due to a "Polar vortex". Lows drop back into the 20s with partly to mostly cloudy skies. We are clear and very cold tonight with lows falling into the single digits as winds become calm. So another round of snow showers and flurries is all we're expecting late Friday into Friday night as the clipper system passes to the north. Friday will be cold yet again with high temperatures struggling to get to 30, but without the wind, it won't feel as harsh. But with Sunday highs in the 40s, anything that falls should be in the form of rain. Overall, snow totals will be light.
The Met Office has issued its long range weather forecast for the run up to Christmas and cold air is forecast to stay north and east of the United Kingdom next week with milder air to the west.
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