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In the past 24 hours forecasters have ramped up warnings of a savage cold snap and snow showers on the first day of 2017.

Temperatures plummeted to as low as -7C yesterday across the UK with freezing fog wreaking havoc on the roads.

It prompted health officials to remind the public that “cold can kill” – with the elderly and young children most vulnerable.

Now Britain is bracing itself for a lashing of the white stuff and historically low mercury levels.

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SHOWERS: Britain is set to be lashed with snow on January 1

Gavin Partridge, online weather forecaster, told Daily Star Online there could be snow showers for Scotland and northern England on New Year’s Day.

He added: “England and Wales look wet for NYD with a chance of a little snow for southern counties on the back edge of the rainfall late on NYD.”

Charts from the Weather Outlook suggest snow showers may rain down on the UK on January 1 and 2.

According to the weather maps, Scotland, north Wales, north east England and parts of southern England appear to be in the firing line.