Saturday, February 9th 2013, 5:18 AM EST
THE heaviest snowfall for three years is expected to blanket Britain over the next 48 hours
Blizzards are set to sweep across the country with chaos expected on roads and transport networks. Up to a foot of snow is likely in places as the harshest weather since the big freeze of 2010 strengthens its icy grip. Government forecasters issued severe weather warnings for much of the country from tomorrow evening and through Monday.
The North and Scotland are expected to be worst hit but the East Midlands will also bear the brunt and parts of the South could get snow too.
The Met Office yesterday said it is possible the yellow alert will be ramped up to a more serious amber warning over the weekend.
It has extended a cold weather health alert until Tuesday after fears that extreme cold may pose a risk to the elderly and vulnerable.
On the roads, hundreds of gritters are on standby to go out “in force” as the full thrust of the Arctic blast takes hold tomorrow night with temperatures possibly falling to as low as -10C (14F).
Forecaster Sarah Holland said: “It is going to be very unsettled on Sunday and even if you don’t get snow you will see heavy rain.
On Sunday night temperatures are due to drop below zero and as well as snow it is going to be very icy.
“There is the risk of disruption on Monday morning and people should keep up to date with forecasts and travel updates.”
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