The Met Office has issued a 37-hour weather warning as heavy snow is set to blanket half of the UK.

Scotland, northern England, northern Ireland and parts of the midlands are expected to see more snowfall today and tomorrow.

The wintry weather could delay travel, make roads treacherous and make pavements and cycle paths dangerous for users.

The weather service also warns of possible disruptions to rail and air travel and roads may be closed if severely affected.

Power cuts and mobile phone coverage may also be affecting Brits.

Rain pushing towards the north east is expected to make an icy turn into snow in places, with colder air travelling across Scotland and northern parts of the UK.

Temperatures are struggling to stay above freezing in many parts of the UK
Temperatures are struggling to stay above freezing in many parts of the UK

Rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice is a concern, writes the Met Office.

However, snow is more likely to fall on Wednesday and on Thursday.

Some areas may see heavy snowfall, with as much as 20cm falling in England on high areas above 100m in Scotland and 200m in England.

Heavy snow is expected to hit Scotland and parts of England in a 37-hour weather warning
Heavy snow is expected to hit Scotland and parts of England in a 37-hour weather warning

Other places could see two to five cm of snow, as well as rain or sleet.

The weather warning begins 8am on Wednesday and is in place until 9pm Thursday.

Temperatures will also struggle to get above freezing, with Scotland seeing -2C during the day and -3C in the evening today.

The Met Office has warned rain hitting frozen surfaces could lead to ice
The Met Office has warned rain hitting frozen surfaces could lead to ice

Northern England saw a chilly start this morning with -4C in areas near Newcastle, and snow is believed to start falling in the early evening at around 5pm.

There are fears a new instalment of 2018's Beast from the East set to hit the UK in the coming weeks.

Long-range forecasts see the end of the month and early February as icy cold and temperatures plummeting to as low as -10C.

Scotland, northern Ireland and parts of Northern Ireland are affected by the weather warning
Scotland, northern Ireland and parts of Northern Ireland are affected by the weather warning

Heavy snow and blizzards could come as early as next week if the weather event, a sudden stratospheric warming, pushes freezing blasts from Siberia, Russia, over to the UK.

Winds could push from the easy bringing icy conditions.

It can take two weeks to see the effects of the weather event.