Plummeting temperatures are likely to bring flurries of snow this week as an icy blast sweeps in from the east.Forecasters have warned that colder temperatures will spread across Britain from Wednesday, accompanied by the chance of wintry showers. A cold but beautiful start to the day in the Derbyshire Peak districtCredit:Villager Jim / SWNS.com/Villager Jim / SWNS.com The Met Office said clear skies will likely see temperatures dip by at least two or three degrees by Thursday for much of England, with daytime maximums not expected to rise higher than around 5C (41F).”We’ll definitely be seeing low single figures by the end of the week,” said Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples.”And, of course, overnight, where skies remain clear and away from coastal areas, we’ll see temperatures dipping down to negative figures”The wind will start to pick up from the east, so it’s not just numerically temperatures being low but, also, the wind chill’s going to add to that as well.”She said the colder temperatures could be accompanied by the odd wintry flurry, mostly in the east.The Met Office is not currently expecting these to be significant snow falls.”There will be some snow around,” Ms Sharples said. “It looks like there will be some wintry flurries down the east coast on Thursday, Friday and into Saturday.”It’s difficult at the moment to say exactly where we’ll see those, but it’s definitely turning cold enough.”Ms Sharples said the colder weather will come as air from the freezing continent moves over the UK once the latest weather front from the Atlantic moves off. The Met Office has issued warnings about ice and the potential for difficult driving conditions in parts of western Scotland.The alert is due to be in force until 10am on Tuesday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.