It's becoming a little less cold, with temperatures not too far from normal in the South by tomorrow. But don't be fooled as wintry weather will be returning from the North by Friday, although it shouldn't be as cold as recently. Nevertheless, night frosts will return, so gardeners beware, with further snow expected mostly on hills and over Scotland. The South may also see some hill snow later on Friday and into Saturday.
Today sees another very cold and frosty start with temperatures down to -7.5C in Benson (Oxfordshire) first thing. But apart from a few wintry showers, mostly along exposed coasts and over Scotland, it's dry. Many central and eastern areas are beginning fine with some sunshine, but cloud will develop, making the afternoon fair rather than fine. Further West and over Scotland, we already have a good deal of cloud that'll bring patchy rain to Northern Ireland later, but most places stay dry apart from this.
With the North-West or Westerly breeze somewhat lighter than of late, it shouldn't feel quite so raw, allowing temperatures to reach 5 to 7C in the North and 8 to 10C further South.
Clearer skies in the East during the evening allow it to turn cold enough for another frost here for a while after dark, with temperatures falling close to freezing in the coldest spots. But cloud in the West will eventually spread to most parts, lifting temperatures later in the night. Elsewhere the cloud will bring some rain or drizzle mostly to the North and West, preceded by a little snow on hills. Across most other parts of the country, though, it should continue mainly dry. A South West wind light in the South will freshen over Scotland and later Northern Ireland with the lowest temperatures away from the East mostly in the range 2 to 6C.
With winds off the Atlantic, Thursday will be milder, although still feeling chilly. Nevertheless, expect some hill snow in the North for a while, during what will be a rather cloudy day. Some places see a few sunny intervals though mostly East of the Pennines and over sheltered parts of the Midlands, East Anglia, and the South, where it'll continue mainly dry. Across Wales and in the West, the emphasis should also be on dry weather, but with some showers later, particularly towards Cumbria. However, over Scotland and Northern Ireland, bursts of rain become heavier for a while before clearing to scattered blustery showers over Highland and in the far north during the afternoon.
A South West wind will freshen, becoming strong over the North and West of Scotland for a time, before 'veering' West or North Westerly. Winds in the South, though, will be lighter, with top temperatures of 8 to 12C in most parts up on recent values.
Scotland sees clearer skies after dark, but with scattered increasingly wintry blustery showers that'll fall as snow on hills and in the North. There'll also be a frost where there's shelter from a gusty West or North-West wind, with the lowest temperatures close to freezing. After some rain, Northern Ireland also sees clearer skies by morning. Over England and Wales, skies may continue to break for a time in southern and central parts, while the North and North Wales see patchy rain later. But it'll be milder here in a South West wind that'll freshen a little, with temperatures unlikely to fall below 4 to 7C.