The RAC are warning motorists of treacherous conditions on the roads as the Arctic blast hitting the UK will send temperatures set to plummet.
The Met Office has warned that temperatures will fall to “as low as minus 10C overnight in isolated spots by the end of the week.”
There are a number of weather warnings in place for snow and ice for parts of south-west England, the east coast, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The Met Office have extended the yellow weather warnings into Thursday and Friday as plummeting temperatures will bring more ice in coastal areas and northern England.
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said, “As an Arctic maritime airmass settles across the UK, temperatures will fall with widespread overnight frosts, severe in places, and daytime temperatures only a few degrees above freezing.
“However, the cold air from the Arctic will also bring brighter conditions, with some dry, sunny spells, particularly away from the coast and where winds are light it could feel pleasant in the sunshine. Some patchy freezing fog is also likely.
“Showers will turn more wintry with an increasing risk of snow as the week progresses, particularly in coastal areas or over higher ground.
“There will be widespread frosts with temperatures falling to as low as minus 10C overnight in isolated spots by the end of the week.”
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said, “With temperatures plummeting this week, many drivers might be taken aback by the cold after an exceptionally mild autumn.
“Our advice is to be winter ready – check tyres are properly inflated and with good tread, while topping up oil, coolant and screen wash levels if needed.
“Drivers with older batteries in their cars might also wish to give their vehicle a 20-minute drive before colder conditions arrive to ensure the battery can cope with sub-zero temperatures.
“It’s also worth having a fully charged mobile phone and carrying a blanket in case of a breakdown to keep warm.”