Arctic blast to send temperatures down to -4

Freezing conditions are on the way for Ireland
Freezing conditions are on the way for Ireland

The UK Met Office is forecasting an Arctic blast is on the way, bringing snow to the UK and temperatures well below zero to Ireland.

Wintry conditions including the "risk of snow" and freezing temperatures will hit parts of the UK on Wednesday thanks to a blast of cold air from the Arctic, the Met Office said.

Forecaster Mark Wilson said today would be a cold crisp winter's day with some sunny spells adding that there is "definitely some risk of snow" on Wednesday.

He said: "People should wrap up warm. There is a potential that central parts of the UK could see some snow at lower levels. We do not expect to see significant accumulation."

For Ireland, Met Eireann are not forecasting snow but temperatures will dip well below freezing.

The mercury will stay above zero today but tomorrow night will see temperatures hit between 0 and -4 for most of the country, leading to icy stretches on the roads.

The outlook for Thursday and Friday is for temperatures to rise to high-single digits, with the weather turning more blustery with risks of showers.