Britain is braced for up to four inches of snow this weekend as the country prepares for the coldest November temperatures in five years.
An Arctic blast is forecast to drive temperatures lower than Siberia, with 70mph gales coming in from the North Pole. Some 2,000 gritters will be on call as snow, ice and high winds threaten to cause travel chaos, with the RAC expecting 7,000 breakdowns a day this weekend.
Rail operators have prepared 34 “ghost” trains ready to clear the tracks, while snowploughs are on standby at airports in the north.
Treacherous driving conditions and possible travel disruptions were also expected — and the snow could fall as far south as London, although it is not expected to settle.
Yesterday snow had already begun to fall in Aberdeen, with the Met Office predicting “more than a dusting of snow” in the north of Scotland.Here in sunny Spain, today's temperature is expected to reach a balmy 21 degrees (he wrote smugly).