Brrrrrrring on 2019! Britain is to shiver in freezing temperatures

Brrrrrrring on 2019! Britain is to shiver in freezing temperatures as Arctic blast and Beast from the East sweep towards the UK after a balmy New Year's Eve Britain is on course for its coldest winter yet and forecasters warn of a big freeze that will last until spring  Today the year gets off to a freezing start, with temperatures plunging as low as 2C in its northerly regions  Snow is expected to hit the UK by mid-January and frost is forecast to spread across Britain this evening 

By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Published: 11:56 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 12:29 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Britain is braced for freezing temperatures as an Arctic blast looks set to kick off the cold year, ending the warm spell of recent days.

Cloud and rain will today sweep the UK from north to south as the chill cross the country in a sign of things to come for 2019.

The imminent return of the Beast from the East as well as a Russian Big Freeze mean months of freezing temperatures.

Though the sun will be seen shining across the country today, temperatures are set to plunge and frost will spread tonight, with drivers advised to have ice scrapers ready tomorrow (pictured: This year's first sunrise over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire

Though the sun will be seen shining across the country today, temperatures are set to plunge and frost will spread tonight, with drivers advised to have ice scrapers ready tomorrow (pictured: This year's first sunrise over Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire

Met Office forecasters believe that

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