An icy blast of wintry weather could be on its way to the Chester area with temperatures set to take a plunge.

A barrage of volatile weather fronts is due to sweep across the UK as a deep area of low pressure starts to edge towards Britain from Greenland.

The wintry bombardment will be transported by the jet stream, which is speeding towards the UK at more than 230mph and will engulf the country early next week.

It will start to become blustery during the latter part of the weekend with winds increasing in strength and blowing an icy chill across many western parts of the country, according to .

The bitter north-westerly will continue to get stronger, with gale force gusts predicted, carrying masses of Arctic air over Britain. Heavy rain will push eastwards turning to snow over higher ground north of the border.

The low will move south-eastwards during the day and there will be a chance of snow falling in most places with the greatest risk of a covering on the hills in north-west England and north Wales.

Temperatures could drop quite sharply and struggle to rise above zero during the day with southern England, London, the Midlands and north-west England all becoming noticeably colder. The wind chill factor will make it feel even more icy.

Brighter weather will follow but the snow risk will increase with the possibility of some significant accumulation in Northern Ireland, western Scotland and northern England. Wintry showers are also possible further south and east.

The bitter snap continues until the end of the week at least with little change forecast. It will stay unsettled with more showers or persistent downpours, some giving snow.

Periods of wet weather will be punctuated by brighter intervals, but it will be windy, with the greatest risk of severe gales across the north and west.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “The north and west will experience unsettled conditions over the weekend as a deep area of low pressure near Iceland begins to move towards Scotland bringing frontal systems over the British Isles.

“This activity is expected to continue into next week.”

Some forecast models predict a longer cold spell with fronts firstly from the Atlantic and then the East - but there is still uncertainty in the outcome.