Snow and gale force winds are expected to return to parts of Britain, less than a fortnight after blizzard conditions brought disruption to schools, airports and traffic networks, forecasters said.

Up to 10cm of snow is predicted to fall in places by Tuesday along with 60mph to 70mph winds, as experts warned that temperatures were set to continue plummeting throughout the week.

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Stephen Davenport, senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Over the next 24 hours we'll see localised snow storms, with 5cm to 10cm expected to fall in the Highlands, Pennines and western parts of the Southern Uplands. Lower amounts are forecast on higher grounds in Wales and Devon and Cornwall.

"Winds will be pretty strong, especially overnight, in areas affected by these snow showers, which will result in blizzard conditions.

"By the end of the week there could be more snow storms around, and even parts of the south may see some snow."

Amber "be prepared" warnings for snow have been issued by the Met Office for many parts of Scotland, including the Highlands and Western Isles, Strathclyde, the south west, Lothian and Borders and Central, Tayside and Fife areas.

Snow could fall in these areas between 5pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday, with some heavy showers and blizzard conditions predicted, it said.

A yellow "be aware" alert for high winds in many regions including Orkney and Shetland, the Highlands and Strathclyde is also in place.

The Met Office said there is a 70% probability of snow or icy conditions hitting parts of England by Friday.

Snow storms brought parts of the country to a standstill at the end of January.

Hundreds of drivers were forced to spend the night in their cars on the M6 in Lancashire after more than a foot of snow fell.

The cold snap was followed by widespread floods caused by melting snow and heavy rain.