Is Britain set to freeze as snow and biting polar winds set to make it feel like -11C

Cold weather will be driven by a rapid warming of air over the North Pole opening the floodgates to winds from the Russian Arctic.

A so-called Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) threatens to keep Britain on ice into the start of spring on March 1.
The last major SSW event happened in January 2013 and was followed by one of the coldest Marches on record.

Forecast temperatures for 26th Feb 6am

The Met Office advised "Temperatures will turn colder for most with wind from the east or northeast, possibly brisk in SE England. The cold weather will be mainly dry initially with a chance of snow flurries in the east and southeast. Heading into the following week, there is an increased chance of snow for many, especially in the south and east. Although the location and timing of any snowfall remains uncertain. However, some milder unsettled weather may still occur at times, especially in the west".

After causing massive destruction at Tonga and Fiji through the south Pacific it is now head on for New Zealand with winds hitting 120mph

Some people could even lose Mobile phone signal due to cold confitions, Met Office warns

Will the cold weather continue? Met Office takes a look at the trend during the next 10 days.