Storm Etienne is set to batter Britain with 80mph winds – as the Met Office has issued a ‘danger to life’ warning.
The low pressure front is forecast to blanket parts of the country in up to eight inches of snow, with strong gales bringing further chaos.
The plunge in temperatures could bring disruption to thousands of travellers due to ice, rain and snowfall.
Etienne, which is brewing off the coast of Portugal, has sparked a severe purple alert for the Azores islands, according to the Portuguese meteorological service.
And now, it is now travelling towards the UK.
Throughout the course of tonight and into tomorrow morning, the storm is predicted to slam into the Cornish coast, before moving north and into Scotland.
Across the Pennines and higher ground of southern Scotland, rain is likely to fall as heavy snow at times.
A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office, saying: "A spell of very strong winds on Friday could bring some disruption.
"Road, rail, and ferry services may be affected, with longer journeys times and cancellations possible.
"Some roads and bridges may close and there is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.
"There is a small chance injuries and danger to life could occur from flying debris, as well as large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties."
While it’s predicted to lose power over the next two days, Etienne will go on to bring miserable weather to parts of the north east.
Parts of Wales are also likely to be hit with 72 hours of heavy rain thanks to the storm.
Scotland could see temperatures dip to a biting -6 and possibly -8 in the Highlands tonight.
Etienne arrives into the UK just days after Storm Diana brought chaos to many parts – including Bristol which saw severe flash flooding.
Parts of North Yorkshire have already seen heavy snow and roads blocked thanks to wintery showers.
The storm could also spell bad news for dogs as windy weather has been blowing toxic blobs of palm oil onto beaches – which is attractive but harmful to dogs if they lick it.
Dogs assume they are tasty treats – but the substance is toxic and can kill them.
There have already been reports of the waxy white lumps turning up in the last few days on storm-lashed beaches in Devon, including Babbacombe beach at Torquay.
A Torquay council spokesman warned the blobs are contaminated with bacteria and other poisonous substances which have killed several dogs recently.
The National Trust has reported more blobs coming ashore on popular winter-time dog walking beaches in Norfolk.
The Trust posted online "We have had reports of potential palm oil deposits washing up on Brancaster Beach.
"We are currently investigating but dog owners please be aware and do not allow your dog to pick up and eat anything off the beach. We will update later."
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