Freezing temperatures are on their way to the UK with more snow expected to fall before Christmas.
The UK can expect snow in the second half of the month according to the Met Office, while weather maps suggest icy conditions from December 19.
On the back of deadly Storms Arwen and Barra, the country is being told to prepare for more rain and snow, reports the Mirror.
Many people were left without electricity after the storms cut cables during gales which were close to 90mph on Monday.
Barra’s effects are still being felt, with roads closed due to flooding in places such as Greater Manchester and Herefordshire. While temperatures have been milder, they are now predicted to drop in the days ahead.
Weather maps from WXCharts suggest suggest snow could fall across northern Scotland on Thursday nght and possibly into Friday morning.
WXCharts is also showing a freezing weather system hitting the UK from December 19, due to air moving south from the Arctic and Scandinavia.
The whole of Scotland, Wales, northern and central parts of England turn a shade of light blue on weather maps, meaning sub-zero temperatures for the evening of December 19 with the north of the country worst affected.
The Met Office said there is a chance of rain and snow in high areas of the UK next week.
Its long term forecast said: “To begin the period, drier and clearer conditions are likely, allowing for more extensive frost and patchy fog.
“Cloud and strong winds will travel east across the country, with a chance of showers or longer spells of rain for many.
“Hill snow likely in the north. Temperatures generally around average.
“Moving through the period, largely unsettled conditions are likely to persist, with the chance of further showers and longer spells of rain, heavy in places, with a chance of gales.
“Some showers are likely to turn wintry on hills at times.
“Towards the end of the period, more settled conditions are likely to develop, most likely with milder temperatures, but a chance of some brief colder interludes.”
The BBC long-range weather forecast says Scotland and Northern Ireland “may continue to be impacted by Atlantic weather systems” during this period.
The forecast says the conditions is being driven by an area of high pressure over Europe and low pressure from Iceland.
Minimum temperature charts predict lows of 0C in the North, 1C in the South and 1C in Scotland overnight on December 20, the Express reported.
But the latest windchill prediction from WXCharts suggests it will feel like 0C to-5C.
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Showers easing away northeastwards with many parts fine for a time, particularly the east. Rain returning to western parts by lunchtime then gradually moving eastwards. Becoming milder in southwest.
Band of rain clearing eastwards followed by scattered blustery showers. These most frequent in north and west with a risk of hail and thunder.
Sunny spells and scattered showers, though some eastern areas probably staying dry. Showers heavy at times and most frequent in north and west with a risk of hail and thunder.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Dry and frosty start to Saturday, but becoming wetter and milder from the west. Further rain and strong winds at times on Sunday and Monday.