STORM Jake is set to blast the south coast tomorrow with icy downpours and winds of up to 70mph.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for much of the south.
A plunge in temperatures following wet weather on Tuesday night brings a risk of ice on untreated roads and motorists are being alerted to difficult conditions during the morning rush hour.
Storm Jake has already caused hundreds of homes to lose power across Wales, and snowfalls are expected in the north.
Met Office forecaster forecaster Calum MacColl said:
‘Storm Jake is going to bring some squally weather into the south-west from 8am, with plenty of gusts of 50mph inland and 70mph on the coasts, and that is going to trundle towards the south-east, but should clear by the afternoon.’
Despite the cold, the Met Office announced this week that the winter of 2015/16 had been the warmest in England and Wales for more than a century.
The Central England Temperature record series showed it had been the second-warmest on record at 6.7 degrees Celsius, just below the 1869 record of 6.8 degrees.