Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 11:28 AM EST
A BITTER Arctic blast will roar in to the UK today bringing three inches of snow by the weekend, forecasters have warned.
The threat of a month-long big freeze prompted the Department of Health and the Met Office to issue a level-2 cold weather health alert.
Temperatures are likely to sink low enough over the next few days to cause “significant health risks”, they warned.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “Low temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease.
“Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from the NHS Choices website.”
The mercury is expected to plunge to -15C with widespread snowfall by Saturday kicking off an “Arctic week” and a month of winter misery for much of the UK.
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Leon Brown, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said the North will wake up to frost and ice with the South turning “sub-zero” tomorrow.
He said: “Everyone will start to feel the cold as winds strengthen from the north over the UK.
“It will turn colder as we go through a week from the Arctic, and signals are showing this is going to last until the end of December.”
“Widespread frost and ice are expected in the North on Wednesday, by Thursday morning the south will be sub-zero in the morning with frost and ice.”
He warned ice will be a major problem with much of the UK in for a battering from hail, sleet and snow showers.
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