“From next week we could see a significant weather pattern change bringing further snow”
Commuters face a frosty start on Thursday with the mercury set to plunge to -6C during the early hours.
Despite a slight improvement in temperatures over the weekend with figures set to nudge double figures, another bitter chill will soon sweep across the country.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden has warned the cold snap could see snow fall.
“From next week we could see a significant weather pattern change bringing further snow,” he said.
“We could see some notable accumulations due to the accompanying cold conditions.”
WeatherOnline forecaster Simon Keeling admitted for the rest of the week we will “unsettled conditions”.
He added: “It will be cold and frosty over the next couple of days as high pressure builds.
“An Atlantic westerly flow will become established into the weekend bringing milder and more unsettled conditions.
“Bands of rain will pass eastwards as the milder air arrives leading to a milder and more unsettled start to next week.”
Bookies have slashed odds on this month turning out to be the coldest January on record.
Coral is offering 5-1 from 12-1 on January entering the record books with 10-1 from 12-1 on hitting a record low temperature.
Spokesman David Stevens said: “We may have ended 2016 by avoiding a White Christmas, but if the opening days of 2017 are a guide, this could be one of the coldest months for decades, with the odds on a new record low plunging as quickly as the mercury is right now.”
Ladbrokes is offering 50-1 from 200-1 on the -27.2C UK record tumbling this month with 20-1 from 100-1 on hitting -20C.
Spokesman Alex Donohue said: “Winter is finally here and the odds of frosty weather records being broken in 2017 are in freefall.”
Some saucy swimmers braved the freezing temperatures on Christmas Day to go for a dip.
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