Britain’s big freeze is set to continue as forecasters warned snow and ice could bring more disruption to parts of the country on Friday.

Temperatures are expected to plummet as low as -8C overnight – the coldest so far this winter – with severe weather warnings in place for eastern England and Scotland.

Up to 5cm of snow is predicted to fall in some areas, the Met Office said.

Snow in Seaham, County Durham. Pic:  Steph Charlton

Heavy snowfall in Durham

It comes after parts of the country were blanketed in a layer of snow on Thursday, forcing school closures in Scotland and North Yorkshire.

Yellow “be aware” warnings for snow and ice are now in place from 11pm on Thursday until 10am on Friday.

“Journey times may be longer by road, bus and rail,” the Met Office said.

Nunnington Hall of the National Trust
Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire

“Icy stretches are also expected to form on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths or where showers cause wash off on treated roads, particularly during Thursday evening and Friday morning.”

:: The latest weather forecast

Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson said the weekend could bring an end to the current freezing spell.

“Friday will bring more cloud and it won’t feel quite as cold, but there will be further showers in the North and East,” she said.

Sheep on a farm in Highfarndale Pic: Peter @HighFarndale
Sheep on a farm in Highfarndale Pic: Peter @HighFarndale

“Clear spells will bring an extensive early frost, with icy stretches likely after any showers.

“Saturday looks rather cloudy, with outbreaks of rain in the North and West, but it should be less cold.

“By Sunday, daytime temperatures will return to near normal for early December.”