Wednesday, January 16th 2013, 6:10 AM EST
BRITAIN is braced for another barrage of storms with up to 10 inches of snow by the weekend.
A band of showers and blizzards is due to sweep in from the Atlantic on Friday threatening a near nationwide whiteout.
Forecasters warned freezing gales, snowstorms and ice will cause more travel chaos as the big freeze takes a second swipe at beleaguered Britain.
Parts of the country have been left under inches of snow this week with more expected in the South and East today and tomorrow.
Saturday is looking like an absolute nightmare with bitter winds sending temperatures comfortably below freezing
The 72-hour freeze has seen temperatures sink lower than Moscow, Finland and Iceland with warnings the mercury could plunge to -15C (5F) in the North and -8C elsewhere.
And the cold weather is likely to last into the middle of next month.
The Met Office said colder-than-usual conditions are likely until the second week of February with snow likely to be “more frequent”.
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Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, said Friday’s onslaught will attack the South-west before tearing through the rest of the country.
He said: “Britain is in for another blanketing of snow from Friday. Most places could see a covering with up to 10 inches likely in the North.
“Saturday is looking like an absolute nightmare with bitter winds sending temperatures comfortably below freezing.”
The Met Office last night issued an “early” severe weather alert for Friday warning of a risk of heavy snow and blizzards.
Forecaster Helen Chivers said harsh frosts and ice will persist while the East Coast and parts of the South-east can expect further snowfall today and tomorrow.
The Weather Channel warned temperatures could sink below -15C making it the coldest winter snap since the big freeze of 2010.
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Source Link: express.co.uk