Parts of the country are set to shiver in sub-zero temperatures in the coming days - and there could even be snow on the way. The -2 freeze will affect parts of northern England and Scotland from Friday, November 24.

Snow could also be on the way amid the cold snap, forecasters have warned, although the Met Office have not predicted it. Some claim around one centimetre of snow per hour could fall on November 23 in Scotland.

The northeast could get less than a centimetre of snow five days later and it could also hit the West Midlands. Snow will continue to fall on November 30.

The forecaster said: "It is uncertain how prolonged this cold spell with be, but likely that through this period, milder, more unsettled conditions from the west will gradually replace the colder air."

James Madden from Exacta Weather said: "It is now increasingly likely that we will see at least 1-2 notable wintry blasts from late November and into the first half of December, but it may turn milder or much milder later.

"However, a sudden stratospheric warming event from later this month and into December could change that outlook to an even colder and more wintry theme for many parts of the country, and would drastically change the overall outlook for December as a whole, particularly, during the second half of the month, and increasing our white Christmas chances significantly under such circumstances."

The Met Office has not mentioned snow for the period, although it said that cold and unsettled weather was likely in its long-range forecast.

Met Office forecasters said: "The most likely scenario through early December is for predominantly changeable weather, with spells of rain or showers and strong winds interspersed by short-lived drier, brighter periods, although there is a lower chance of more prolonged settled conditions developing."