Snow falling in Birmingham today
A shivering Birmingham and the Black Country is set to be gripped by more than a week of widespread frosts and threats of substantial snowfall.
Latest forecasts from the Met Office have placed the West Midlands on alert for snow and ice for most days until the end of next week.
However, there is still some uncertainty over which areas will get the worst of the weather.
Early indications suggest that snow will fall across the region throughout today until lunchtime tomorrow.
There is a strong possibility of disruption to travel during the morning rush-hour with the West Midlands likely to see frequent snow and sleet showers.
Snow clouds will track south overnight with a risk of 6-8cm falling in the Birmingham area. However the exact path of the bad weather is uncertain, according to forecasters.
There are also warnings that the region could be hit by another spell of extreme weather early next week with temperatures dropping even lower.
Sunday will feel bitter in a strong north-westerly wind with another snow.
Forecaster Leon Brown, of Birmingham-based The Weather Channel, said: “Next week the weather becomes complicated with an area of low pressure moving up against the Arctic flow over the UK.
“How far eastwards this moves is the question. Latest forecasts bring it across much of the UK and hence a real threat of moderate snowfalls across on Monday to Tuesday.
“The Midlands is at risk of 10 to 15cm by Tuesday morning. This could change but it is a good idea to keep an eye on forecasts for early next week since snow could be disruptive.”
The middle of next week then becomes drier and frosty. Where there is snow on the ground there is potential for some very low overnight temperatures.
Temperatures could lift slightly for a short time at the end of next week, before another colder northerly plunge moves southwards Friday to Saturday.