More snow is predicted to arrive over the weekend

Wrap up warm! MORE snow is predicted to arrive over the weekend after two inches falls today as bookies say there is 67 per cent chance of flakes falling on Christmas Day

  • The north and Norfolk has had the worst of the cold weather today with two inches of snow falling there
  • But more winter blasts are on the way over the weekend which will spill into the following week
  • The bitterly cold blow could see snow in many parts of the country and spoil Saturday and Sunday 

The UK is braced for a weekend of snow as an icy blast blows over the country.

Forecasters say intemperate conditions will continue the wintry showers plaguing the UK today.

The north and Norfolk has had the worst of the cold weather today with two inches of snow falling in some parts of the country.

It is set to be partially confined to the East Anglia area by tonight with bitterly cold temperatures.

But Scotland will also be hit by plumes of snow descending as the weather spell moves south.

Any brief respite tomorrow offers will soon be forgotten by the time the weekend begins.

The Met say there will be snow on hills this weekend which will then spread further into the start of next week.

And those hoping for a White Christmas could be in for having their festive wishes come true.

A motorist battles the wintery conditions with Snow and Ice in Greatham Village this morning as Teesside has been hit with up-to 5cm of Snow

A deeply unhelpful dog snatches a shovel from its owner, prompting an icy fall, as he tried in vain to clear his path

Storm Arwen is still causing total chaos with many areas in the north of the country without any electricity a week on 

Bookmakers Coral said there was a 67 per cent chance of snow falling somewhere in Britain on Christmas Day.

And the Met said weather is ‘likely to become more settled around Christmas and towards New Year with increased chance of overnight frost and fog during clearer spells’.

Many parts of the country are still on their knees after getting battered by Storm Arwen.

Energy minister Greg Hands was confronted by publican Terr Wood on a visit to St John’s Chapel in Weardale, County Durham today.

The area has been without electricity since Friday after Storm Arwen battered large parts of England and Scotland.

Nearly 20,000 homes across the UK have been without heating for nearly a week after 100mph gales devastated power lines and uprooted thousands of trees.

People wrap up warm as they cross London Bridge in freezing conditions this morning during their commute to work

People cross London Bridge in freezing conditions this morning as cold weather hits the capital 

Snow falls on a street in Middlesbrough this morning as sub-zero conditions continue for many parts of the UK

A tractor tries to help a bus driver today after the vehicle came off the road in icy conditions near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Ministers were earlier accused of presiding over a ‘national scandal’ as thousands of homes were forced to endure biting temperatures as low as -6C overnight.

Mr Wood, owner of the Blue Bell Inn pub, told Mr Hands: ‘What I expect from my government is for it to say ‘where did it go wrong and how do we know it went wrong?’. He also said that residents don’t believe Durham County Council has done enough to help homes hit by power cuts.

Addressing the energy minister, Mr Wood raged: ‘Your role is the local authorities. You have more say over them than we will ever have. What are they doing? Nothing – we are five days into this.’

The Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham insisted that engineers were working hard to reconnect power, with many working 16-hour shifts.

But Mr Wood said: ‘I don’t want to hear that from you. You’re an MP and I want to hear from you that you are going to go back and – to put it bluntly – kick ass.’

The Energy Networks Association issued this photograph yesterday of a fallen power line in the snow at an unknown location

The Energy Networks Association told MailOnline that a total of 19,500 properties were still affected this morning. Northern Powergrid said that 11,000 homes in the North of England were still without power, while 5,500 Electricity North West customers remained cut off after Storm Arwen struck last Friday night.

ENW said 900 separate incidents affected 117,000 properties in Cumbria and it was the worst storm damage it had ever seen. 

Temperatures fell as low as -6.1C (21F) at Cairnwell mountain in the Scottish Highlands this morning, while the chilliest lower-level location in the UK was Pershore in Worcestershire which dropped to -3.1C (26.4F).

The Met Office also issued an ice warning, with up to 2in of snow expected across higher ground in Scotland and the North York Moors – and some flakes even seen as far south as London.

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