Shropshire and Mid Wales was today waking up to a blanket of frost for the second day running – but warmer weather is on its way.
The region has been hit by icy conditions for the past two days, with temperatures as low as -3C (26F) overnight.
A “yellow” weather warning for ice has been issued for the region with effect from this morning, the Met Office said.
Icy patches are likely to form on roads and pavements as temperatures dip below freezing.
Showers of rain, sleet and snow are expected and higher ground in the affected areas could accumulate between 2cm and 5cm of snow.
Met Office forecaster Emma Boorman said it was a cold start to the year that could see large parts of the UK wake up to frost.
Warning motorists to be aware of icy spots, she said: “Take extra caution on the roads, leave extra time. There could be a few icy patches on untreated surfaces, and the showers could be quite nasty too.
“If you do run into a shower, particularly in the northern third of Scotland, there could be a wintry element of sleet and snow particularly up on the hills.
“Because the breeze is coming in from the north, we tend to see the showers mostly affecting the coasts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland,” she added.
Towards the Midlands and south of the country, she said: “There’s been an awful lot of cloud and rain through the course of the day so overnight that’s going to be finally making its clearance and the temperatures will be falling away accordingly, so not quite as cold as it will be further north, but still a chilly night.”
However, things are set to get better by the weekend, with temperatures set to rise to as high as 9C (48F).
Ms Boorman said: “It will be becoming brighter and colder again on Wednesday with some sunny spells and an overnight frost. Generally dry and bright on Thursday. Friday will be milder, windier and wetter.”Subscribe to our Newsletter