Where the winter of 2010/2011 was one of the coldest the country had seen in years, the last two months have been unusually warm for this time of year.

The MET office though warns that this is set to change next week and that the first week of February will actually resemble a wintry month.

Snow fell in Scotland, Wales and Northern parts of England yesterday with further snow and hail falls expected today.

In a rare  turn of events – cold weather in the winter, who would have expected that? – temperatures are expected to plummet over the weekend, with more snow being forecast for early next week.

A MET Office Spokeswoman said: “”There is a degree of uncertainity about what it will bring in the early part of next week, but it looks like there is a good chance of snow.

“Temperatures will fall to below freezing tonight so motorists will need to watch out as roads are likely to be icy tomorrow. We expect there will be snow over the hills of north west and northern England and Scotland.

“Temperatures are only expected to be slightly lower than they have been, in England they will be around 7-8C and 5-6C further north, but will be much colder by Saturday – down to -2C or -3C in the south and -3C to -4C in the north and Scotland.”

So wrap up warm and take care.

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