The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning ahead of the coldest day so far this year – which will cover most parts of the country in a perilous layer of ice.
Commuters in the north of England and the Midlands will face a bone-chilling journey to work with sub-zero temperatures.
Frostbitten drivers and cyclists have been warned the Siberian conditions could see cars skidding off icy roads.
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are expected to be the worst hit areas by the ferocious blizzard.
Met Office forecaster Charles Powell said: “Temperatures will be getting lowish, with some dropping below freezing.
“The icy conditions are likely to be seen in the east, where some showers are expected.”
The Star Online reported that La Nina would bring Arctic temperatures to Britain in one of the coldest Januarys on record.
WeatherAction forecaster Piers Corbyn warned of hurricane-force winds sweeping the nation this month.
He said: “There could be a spell of dangerous weather with severe gales, storms and even the chance of hurricane-force winds further out to sea.
“It will remain very cold until the end of January with further northeasterly gales – temperatures for January are likely to come in well below normal.”
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