The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for parts of the country today as a wave of wintry weather hits the UK.
The snow warning covers most of Scotland and large parts of the north, from Carlisle down to Manchester. A second warning for both snow and rain has been issued for the East of England and London, including Ely, Cambridge and Chelmsford.
Leicestershire is expected to be hit by wintry sleet showers but is not subject to any weather warnings.
The BBC Weather forecast for Leicester this morning shows temperatures of about 2C at 8am today, later reaching 3C but not getting any higher, before dropping back to 2C by 11pm tonight.
From 10am until 3pm there will be a high chance of sleet showers across Leicestershire and then a few more hours of sleet is expected from about 9pm onwards – but no snow flurries are predicted here.
The winds will be noticeable, with speeds ranging from 11mph to 14mph and making it feel a little colder.
Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office, said the “most significant snow” was likely to fall elsewhere in England – specifically in Cumbria and the Pennines – where areas above 400m could see up to 10cm.
“That’s a significant amount of snow especially this early in December,” he said.
“The snowiest months are usually a bit later into winter, January and February and also it’s very early in December at the moment.”
The weekend weather in Leicestershire will remain cold but should stay dry, although there is not a lot of sunshine expected.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday are expected to have temperatures ranging from a minimum of 1C to a maximum of 4C.
-- to www.leicestermercury.co.uk