The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice in Derbyshire on Friday and Saturday.
High pressure over Scandinavia will feed a very cold easterly airstream across the country throughout this coming weekend.
The cold snap may well last into next week and there is likely to be at least some snow in parts of the UK.
'As far as the snow is concerned, we think it is going to be mainly in the south east part of the country'.
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That band of wet weather is expected to move northeastwards across the United Kingdom but to weaken.
Sky News weather forecasters say it is too early to say how much snow is likely to fall over the next few days.
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The chief forecaster added: "Around 5-10 cm of snow may accumulate on high ground above 200m with 20cm possible over hill routes with some drifting in strong south-easterly winds".
"This is most likely near the Thames estuary and the Wash, and these snow showers could then spread westwards".