Britain is set to shiver from an Arctic blast with four inches of snow and temperatures as low as minus 10C.
Plunging temperatures have been blamed for dozens of deaths across Europe as winter takes its toll.
And the cold snap is set to make its way to Britain with single digit temperatures and frosts forecast before snow.
Turkish anti riot police officers patrol around the Blue mosque (Sultan Ahmet) during snowfall in Istanbul
Frozen bridges, small fishing boats and stones on the coast are seen near the Black sea town of Varna, some 279 miles east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia
Snow falls in Sammichele di Bari, near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy as winter weather hits the continent
Ice floes float in the water of River Danube at the Szabadsag (Freedom) Bridge in Budapest, Hungary
Children play on a frozen river Bosnia in Zenica, Bosnia on Sunday. Extremely cold weather continued for a fourth day in a row in most of Eastern Europe
A Met Office forecaster said: ‘Cold air will move across the UK from the north towards the weekend when we will be in a Polar maritime airmass.
‘It will feel bitter in strong northerly winds with gales possible around the coasts, combined with high tides there could be very large waves to contend with.
‘From Friday we could see snow in many places, showers are more likely to be snow than rain.
‘Next weekend we could be into minus double figures overnight, so a big change in the weather on the way and possibly the coldest spell of winter so far.’
Before the snow falls, the Met Office predicts rain and wind.
It said: ‘Monday will be wet and windy, particularly in Scotland, where gales are likely. Staying windy on Tuesday and Wednesday, although a little less wet. Then turning colder later on Wednesday.
‘Thursday sees rain in the south clearing to a mixture of sunshine and showers across the country.
‘These showers will turn increasingly wintry, even to lower levels in the north, where they will be most frequent.
‘It’ll be windy with coastal gales, and turning colder with frosts likely overnight.
‘Conditions are expected to stay unsettled through the weekend, with areas of cloud and rain pushing west to east across the country, interspersed with brighter, showery spells. It will stay windy, with a risk of gales in the north-west.’
Map showing a cold front move across Europe. The weather has been blamed for dozens of deaths across the continent
Ducks and ducklings swim in the frozen river Bosna during heavy winter in Zenica
Airport workers try to clean snow on and around a Turkish Airlines aircraft at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul
Families enjoy tobogganing in the Hasenheide park in Berlin as snow continues to fall across Europe
Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe on Sunday, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing weather.
In Serbia, aid workers scrambled to help hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in parks and makeshift shelters.
The extreme winter weather that has gripped Europe in the past days has caused more than a dozen deaths, left villages cut off, caused power and water outages, frozen rivers and lakes, grounded flights and led to road accidents.
Serbia’s authorities on Sunday banned river traffic on its stretch of the Danube – one of Europe’s main rivers – because of ice and strong wind.
Two men died of cold in Poland on Saturday, bringing the nation’s death toll from winter weather to 55 since November 1, authorities said Sunday.
Temperatures dropped to minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit) in the mountains of southern Poland.
In Italy, eight deaths were blamed on the cold, including a man who died in the basement of an unused building in Milan, and another one on a street flanking Florence’s Arno River.
Pope Francis asked God to ‘warm our hearts so we’ll help’ the homeless.
Frozen bridges, small fishing boats and stones on the coast are seen near the Black sea town of Varna, Bulgaria
Strollers walk in a snowy landscape near the small Bavarian village of Eichenau, southern Germany
Before, the snow falls, the Met Office predicts rain and wind. It said: ‘Monday will be wet and windy, particularly in Scotland, where gales are likely.’
Polar bear Wolodja takes a nap on some snow which has fallen in its enclosure in the Berlin Tierpark zoo
In Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, several hundred men, mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, remained in an abandoned customs warehouse by the city’s bus station, where aid organizations distributed heaters, blankets, clothes and food in an attempt to keep them warm.
‘We are all working together to help these people,’ said Mirjana Milenkovski, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency.
While most of the several thousand migrants in Serbia have stayed in the Balkan country’s asylum centers, hundreds have refused to do so, looking for ways to move on toward western Europe.
In neighboring Bulgaria, police said two men from Iraq and a Somali woman died from cold in the mountains near Turkey as they tried to make their way toward Europe. Many in the Belgrade warehouse were sick after few days in extreme cold, aid workers said.
‘The next few days are critical, and for sure the health condition of these people is worsening,’ said Stephane Moissaing, MSF Head of Mission in Serbia.
A man pushes his bicycle during snowfall in Sammichele di Bari, near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy
Snow covers the archaeological excavations site in Ancient Corinth, Greece as the cold front moves across the continent
A family enjoys a sledge ride after heavy snowfall in Berlin, Germany as they pull each other on sledges
A man walks in a street of Sammichele di Bari during snowfall near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy
A picture taken early on January 8, 2017 shows snowfalls in Sammichele di Bari, near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy
Snow falls on a courtyard and on houses in Sammichele di Bari, near Bari in the Puglia region in the south of Italy