Britain's weather is set to go from "bad to worse" in March as a blast of icy air from Greenland moves in bringing heavy snow and floods, according to the Met Office.
The 900 mile-wide ice blast could see temperatures plummet as low as -9C, verging on the coldest of the winter so far and following on from the wettest February since records began 254 years ago.
The south and north of the UK both face fresh snow and floods after Storm Jorge brought the world's strongest winds at 102mph over the weekend.
One forecaster said March is “roaring in”, echoing the famous 17th century March weather saying: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”
Two yellow weather warnings are in place today for ice down a large section of the British west coast and Ireland, from midnight until 10am.
While 76 flood warnings and 156 alerts have also been issued by the Environment Agency.
Former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “March comes ‘like in a lion’ and the lion is already roaring. There’s no let-up in winter as spring arrives.
“More rain and snow ahead will prolong the agony for those blighted by flooding. Northern areas and high ground further south are most prone to snow.”
The Met Office said the south and midlands face snow flurries on higher ground from today and through the week, with snow at lower levels in northern England and Scotland.
Weather maps, meanwhile, show London having a 60 per cent snow risk today, with an 80 per cent likelihood of snow in the midlands and north – and a 900-mile spurt of icy air arriving from Greenland.
Nights are set to be close to the coldest of winter for England and Scotland until Wednesday morning, forecasters are predicting.
Lows down to -9C are due in Scotland, -6C in northern England and -4C in the south, the Met Office said, while ice is expected, with daytime highs of just 5-9C until Thursday.
60mph gusts will buffet the south on Wednesday into Thursday, with downpours set to cause more floods, as well as more gales and rain following into the weekend.
This winter's coldest temperatures so far are -10.3C in Scotland and -7.9C in England.
Storm Jorge, the fourth storm to batter Britain this winter, saw five inches of rain in Wales and a foot of snow in Scotland.
While hurricane-force 90mph gusts hit the Isle of Wight, with wind just off Ireland hitting 102mph – the strongest in the world on Saturday – causing 40ft offshore waves, as seen on weather maps.
February's wet weather beat recorder holding 1990's 193mm of rain.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It's going from bad to worse, with more rain topping up rivers. The weather is in no hurry to leap into spring.
“Jorge really wound itself up, with explosive cyclogenesis and a pounding for the UK.
“Cold air coming straight down from Greenland means temperatures close to the coldest of winter from Sunday night to Tuesday night, with down to -9C in Scotland over lying snow, -6C in northern England and -4C in the South.
“Snow in the week is likely in northern England and Scotland, with a chance to lower levels. Central and southern areas may have occasional hill snow, including on the North and South Downs.
“There are ice risks in places and Wednesday into Thursday is forecast more rain and gusts up to 50-60mph in the South. It stays wet, windy and chilly into next weekend.”
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