Britain is facing a five day freeze followed by 60mph storms, snow dumps and washouts.
Lows of -5C are expected as cold air arrives from Iceland, and the Met Office has warned of freezing fog amid 4-9C temperatures as of today.
The chill will ease as the week goes on, but "disruptive snowfall" threatens to hit on Thursday.
Into next weekend, heavy rain is expected and snow could be seen on the hills of northern England.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: "It turns colder on Sunday with air from Iceland, and it certainly looks cold until midweek in the east.
"Widespread frosts and the chance of freezing fog are expected, with Monday morning down to -5C in Scotland and -3C in northern England."
The forecaster continued: "But the jet stream will strengthen, bringing high rainfall totals into Thursday in the west.
"Gales or severe gales with gusts up to 60mph in the west are expected into the weekend, with further heavy rain – and snow in the north, mainly on hills."
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: "Colder weather will arrive from the north, with east coasts prone to the odd wintry shower.
"There is a significant chance of disruptive snowfall as moister air arrives from the west from midweek."
Freezing conditions are expected to continue in the coming weeks and major cities across the UK are likely to enjoy a white Christmas.
Bookies say it’s looking likely that this winter will break records on the temperature front.
The odds of it snowing on December 25 in London are 5/1, in Manchester 4/1, in Birmingham it’s 5/1 and up in Newcastle the odds are 5/2.
Ladbrokes have made it just 1/2 that any part of the UK wakes up to a white Christmas.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Punters dreaming of a white Christmas may well get their wish this year."
The bookies now make it 10/11 that this winter has record-breaking temperatures.
Mr Apati said: "It’s looking more likely than ever that this winter breaks records, with a White Christmas being just as likely."
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