Britain Braced For Arctic Blast

(ITN)

Britain is facing another onslaught of Arctic weather with airports, rail companies and breakdown services braced for snow.

Plunging temperatures are expected to cause icy roads across most of the UK on Thursday before snow showers return to Scotland and the west coast.

Forecasters warned there could be up to 15cm (6in) of snow and bitter temperatures going into next week at least.

Meteorologist Julian Mayes said: "What we're going to find on Friday is these snow showers begin to move eastwards. Going into Saturday morning, a larger area of snow is going to develop and begin to move east.

"In the early hours of Saturday morning, it will be snowing over quite a large bit of Britain and we could be seeing some appreciable snow quite widely.