COLD snap is just an early glimpse of potential conditions over the weekend, forecasters warn.
While Carrick has as yet only seen a few brief flurries of snow, residents are being warned to stay on the alert as up to 10cm are predicted for many parts of the UK by the weekend.
Yesterday morning the Met Office issued Strathclyde with a yellow weather warning for snow - its second in as many days - to come into effect at 3am tomorrow (Friday) amid fears of potential blizzard conditions. And today they announced the risk of poor weather will continue into Saturday and Sunday as ice sets in to marr weekend travel plans.
Tomorrow an area of snow is expected to spread northeast throughout the day, although the intensity and duration as yet remain uncertain.
High winds are expected however and blizzard conditions are a possibility, especially over high ground.
Orkney and Shetland is the only Scottish region to escape a Met Office warning, while five English regions - as well as Wales - have been upgraded to amber warnings for snow as depths of up to 25cm are predicted over much of the west coast.
A level three cold weather action plan for England was put into effect at 8.29am this morning as forecasters warned of a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather, heavy snow, and icy conditions between 9am today and 8am on Monday.
Yesterday the Midlands, East Anglia and central and southern England were already battling freezing fog, while snowfall had led to 42 schools being closed in Norfolk and all planes grounded at Norwich International Airport.
This morning the Met Office updated their weather information online to reflect the poor conditions expected across most of the UK - including Strathclyde - on Saturday and Sunday, warning of icy roads as the band of snow weakens.
Further accumulations of snow over central and eastern areas of 5cm or so in places are predicted, and during the evening forecasters say ice lasting into Sunday morning will form in many areas where there is snow cover.
The Met Office is warning of potentially severe disruption over the next three days. Eddy Carroll, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to peoples plans.
“We should all keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, advice from local agencies and be prepared to change our travel plans if necessary.”
To stay up to date with expected conditions visit www.metoffice.gov.uk.