THE MET Office has issued a number of national severe weather warnings for snow and ice today.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington, said: “As an Arctic maritime airmass settles across the UK temperatures will fall with widespread overnight frosts, severe in places, and daytime temperatures only a few degrees above freezing.

"However, the cold air from the Arctic will also bring brighter conditions, with some dry, sunny spells, particularly away from the coast and where winds are light it could feel pleasant in the sunshine. Some patchy freezing fog is also likely. ”

The good news - if you don't like snow - is that Bradford may escape the worst of it.

The main warnings for England cover the north east coast, although the snow showers are expected to widen as the week progresses.

Tonight it will be largely dry with clear skies developing overnight, leading to a widespread frost and risk of icy surfaces. There is also the chance of isolated freezing fog patches. Minimum temperature will be a very chilly -4 °C.

Naturally tomorrow will be a cold start with a widespread sharp frost and risk of icy surfaces. Otherwise, it will be largely dry with sunny spells and feeling rather cold. The maximum temperature will be 3 °C.

However, some weather forecasters are taking a more pessimistic view.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

The Weather Outlook forecasting site, above, predicts a 95% chance of snow in Bradford today.

That percentage is generated by combining data from different computer models.

And Net Weather puts the risk of a snow shower at 80% today and 60% on Saturday.