A yellow alert for ice has been issued for Bristol and much of the South West as temperatures plunge once again with snow remaining a risk.
There is a Met Office warning until 10am for the potential of slips and falls causing injuries, delays on public transport, and problems on untreated icy roads.
And as the week progresses, there could be more wintry weather on Saturday – meaning snow, sleet, frost and ice remain possible
The Met Office warned that an area of rain, sleet and snow was expected to move south across much of Wales and parts of western England on Thursday morning.
It said with temperatures falling ahead the rain, sleet and snow arriving, some icy stretches are likely to form on frozen ground.
It’s chief forecaster added: “Whilst some snow will fall, this will be mainly on higher ground, although perhaps to lower levels for a time in the Welsh Marches and parts of the West Country.
“Only small amounts are expected with perhaps 1-2 cm of slushy accumulations in places.”
Netweather senior forecaster Jo Farrow, told the Express, said: “It’s going to turn colder and there is a bit of snow in the forecast for the next few days.
“In the blustery flow over Britain, there will be further downpours with hail showers possible as the wind veers to the north.
“For the UK, a colder airflow follows. Digging down from the Arctic right through western Europe as the jetstream buckles.
“The low pressure shifts towards the Baltic Sea, the Azores high is in place and the cold northerly wind will bring some snow showers.
“By Thursday night a frontal system will be toppling in from the Atlantic with another low pressure for Saturday. It’s all quite active and mobile.”
In Bristol on Thursday, expect highs of 6C with plenty of clear skies. Friday will see milder weather up to 11C and down to 5C, again dry.
Saturday and Sunday are looking dry, with clear skies, and lows down to 4C on Sunday.
Below, you can see the latest regional and national forecasts from the Met Office.
Met Office South West weather forecast
Today: A frosty start with a risk of ice in the east and some showers. Becoming dry and bright, by mid-morning. Remaining chilly throughout with an early evening frost in places. Turning much cloudier by the evening from the west. Maximum temperature 7 °C.
Tonight: Dry at first but remaining cloudy with outbreaks of rain through the second part of the night, turning increasingly mild by morning. Minimum temperature -1 °C.
Friday: A damp and cloudy but mild start. Perhaps turning brighter and colder by the afternoon. Chilly in the evening. Maximum temperature 12 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Unsettled on Saturday with blustery showers, wintry over high ground. Drier and calmer on Sunday. Further rain on Monday.
Met Office UK long-range forecast
Monday, December 6 to Wednesday, December 15
A cold start to Monday with overnight frost and ice possible. Cloud increasing from the west through the day with outbreaks of rain, possibly wintry down to low levels at times in the north and east of the UK. Likely turning windier during the day with strong winds most likely in the west. For the rest of the period, unsettled weather dominates with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed by interludes of sunshine and showers. More prolonged spells of rain are possible, heavy at times. Initially these more likely across the south and west, although the greatest risk probably transfers north through the period, which could then see rain turning wintry at times. Generally cold, with milder interludes briefly in the south. Overnight frost and icy patches likely throughout.
Thursday, December 16 to Thursday, December 30
Remaining generally unsettled at first, with wettest and windiest conditions likely moving further north with drier and brighter spells developing in the south and southeast at times. Temperatures likely to be milder than earlier in the month, with temperatures near to above normal, although some colder spells remain possible. It is likely to become more settled around Christmas and towards New Year with increased chance of overnight frost and fog during clearer spells.