Met Office warn of increased injuries amid snow bomb and -5C deep freeze

Brits have been told to watch their step as the unwelcome return of wintry conditions poses a potential risk on pavements and roads.

The latest warning comes while much of the UK prepares for a snow bomb and chilly -5C lows today (March 31) and tomorrow.

A yellow warning for ice has been issued by the Met Office for Thursday, covering north-eastern coastal areas from the Shetland Islands down to Yorkshire.

The alert is in place as "snow and hail showers" are expected to lead to "icy surfaces" with "possible travel disruption".

In addition, the national weather agency has warned that patches of ice on "untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths" may lead to "increased chance of accidents or injuries".

Weather maps from WX Charts show a huge plume of snow making landfall across the nation around midday today, with anywhere between one and three inches expected in the Scottish Highlands and northern parts of England.

Temperatures in Scotland, Wales and northern parts of England are expected to be well below freezing, right down to -5C.

Further snowfall is forecast to drift southwards in occasionally heavy patches on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures will then gradually recover to near-average over the weekend and into the start of next week.

The Met Office weather outlook for Friday to Sunday reads: "Sunny spells and isolated coastal showers on Friday, becoming more widespread on Saturday, falling as sleet on highest ground. Sunday dry and bright ahead of rain arriving into the northwest."

With the recent mini-heatwave now a distant memory, a leading high street bookmaker has reduced odds of a whiteout in April down to 2-1.

Alex Apati, a spokesperson for Ladbrokes, told the Express : "Brits may have been treated to a scorching few days but we're strapping ourselves in for the potential of April snow with temperatures heading in the wrong direction at the back end of this month."

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