Northamptonshire is likely to be hit by snow storms this weekend, meteorologists have predicted.
Temperatures across the county have plummeted over the last 48 hours, with experts now predicting a flurry of snow on Saturday and Sunday.
The predicted storms would be the first to hit the county this winter.
The warning comes as national forecasters predict a “freakishly” cold winter weather snap will blow over parts of the UK from Russia.
The cold snap could last up to three week, experts say.
A spokesman for Pitsford Hall Weather Station, based in Northamptonshire, said: “Saturday will start off dry, but we will notice the wind freshening and backing south-easterly. Snow is expected, light and patchy at first during the morning, but turning heavier and more persistent through the afternoon and evening
“All the while, the gentle to moderate breeze will tend to back, becoming north-easterly as we head through the night.
“Highs during the day will reach 2C, falling just a degree or so overnight. The snow will tend to become lighter into Sunday, and then much of the day will be dry albeit staying rather cloudy. As we head into the new week, it should stay largely dry but cold.
“A few light snow flurries may work inland later in the day on Monday.”