Arctic weather conditions are expected to grip the West Midlands today as a late winter cold snap sets in.
The region's forecasters have predicted snow showers, sleet and sub-zero temperatures triggered by bitter northeast winds from Scandinavia and low pressure to the west of the UK.
They said the icy temperatures of between -2C (28F) and 4C (39F) would last until next weekend, making it the longest cold spell this year.
Joanne Grimshaw from the PA WeatherCentre said: "We are likely to see snow flurries and freezing temperatures at least until Wednesday. "
Experts at the Met Office have predicted a blanket of up to 2cm of snow in the region this week.
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