Sleet and snow showers are set to sweep across the West Midlands this weekend as an Arctic blast hits the region
Birmingham and the Black Country is likely to shiver on Saturday and Sunday as the wintry conditions move down from the far north.
‘Moderate’ falls are predicted for even lower levels of the Midlands by Saturday morning as bitter winds bring a severe chill to the region.
Even those areas that escape the snow falls will be affected by hail and sleet.
Temperatures are likely to struggle to rise above freezing and there will be a widespread frost on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Forecaster Leon Brown, of Birmingham-based The Weather Channel, warned the weekend conditions would be a shock after recent mild weather.
He said: “This weekend will feel quite bitter in fresh and gusty northerly winds.
“Temperatures will only reach 3C to 4C, but wind chill will make it more like minus 2 to minus 4C.”
It will become clear and sunny later on Saturday but it will still be bitterly cold in the icy winds with further snow showers possible on Sunday.
But the cold snap will not last long.
Monday will be mainly dry and still cold, before turning milder again with more rain and warmer winds.