Temperatures are set to drop across the UK – in particular in the south – over the next couple of weeks, increasing the chance of snow on the Isle of Wight.

A Met Office yellow weather was issued for parts of England for ice until 11am today (Thursday), but the Isle of Wight is not included this time around.

However, over the next two weeks we could see frosty mornings and evenings during the cold snap.

Jamie Russell from the Isle of Wight Met Service told Isle of Wight Radio:

“Over the coming weeks we are likely to see short sharp cold snaps from the north interspersed with milder wetter weather from the southwest.

“The first cold snap is tomorrow and into Friday morning before turning milder as the day goes on. The second cold snap is likely to arrive on Saturday night with a few wintry showers which will clear by Sunday daytime with the colder air lasting until Monday night.

“By mid-week another cold snap looks likely with northerly winds at first and further rain turning to sleet with perhaps a little hill snow. This will most likely be followed by icy and frosty weather for a good few days, before a further mild incursion towards the following weekend (26). After this, the pattern of cold snaps looks likely to continue on and off for a further week or so.

“None of the cold snaps are significantly cold although we may see a little wintry weather with a bit of sleet or temporary wet snow on the transitions from mild-cold and back. Certainly, as we move into February it seems likely that we may see a more sustained cold spell.”

With the cold weather often comes travel disruption. But commuters using South Western Railway in the south of England are being reassured that disruption will b kept to a minimum.

South Western Railway says it will be running ‘ghost’ trains at night, to help keep the tracks clear of snow and ice, and will be spraying external passenger doors with de-icer to stop them jamming.