BRITAIN is set to be hit with gale force winds, wintry showers and even snow as the country prepares for icy Arctic conditions over the weekend.
Temperatures are set to plunge as jet streams drag cold air from the the Arctic, sending heavy snow showers towards the UK.
Low pressure will shift eastward, dragging in colder northerly and north-westerly gusts of wind, and blasting parts of Scotland and northern England with wintry snow showers.
The majority of the snow is likely to be confined to higher ground, although snowfall at lower levels is highly likely.
In the calm before the storm, dense fog is set cause issues for drivers and air travellers alike during the rest of the week.
The thick blanket of mist, drizzle and low cloud is unlikely to lift in many most parts of the UK until the worst of the bad weather strikes on Saturday.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for fog for most parts of England and Wales.
It comes as most of northern Europe continues to be covered by swathes of mist.
A Met Office spokesman said: "Patchy fog is expected to reform in places this evening and overnight. Slower journey times are possible and there is a chance of delays to flights."
Forecasters have predicted the adverse travel disruption to last until the early hours of Saturday morning, before a ridge of high pressure brings a brief clearer period.
The mercury looks set to plunge to -7C in Scotland overnight on Friday.
Weather experts say masses of moist air have caused the fog to settle across the UK.
Forecaster Hannah Findley, of The Weather Channel, said: “Much of north-western Europe will see patches of fog and mist on both Thursday and Friday morning.
“This is due to a settled, damp pattern, combining with low overnight temperatures.”
Brighter conditions are expected to edge in from the west, although it looks to remain dull and grey in the south.
The north west of Britain is likely to be hit with gale-force winds following patches of low pressure, although the rest of the country looks set to remain dry but rather grey.
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