Torrential downpours and 80mph-plus gales struck last night sparking floods and widespread travel chaos into this morning.
A month’s rain pelted Cumbria, Wales and the north driving families from their homes while others were left without power due to the weather.
Showers are expected to turn wintry in Scotland this morning with warnings up to eight inches of snow could fall by the end of today.
Further snowfall is forecast over the weekend with bitter Polar winds threatening to send the mercury plummeting to -6C (21.2F).
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “Polar air is now coming in across the UK and it will feel much colder everywhere from Friday as the south east loses the mild conditions.
“We expect overnight temperatures of freezing or below quite widely but where snow has settled these could drop to -6C (21.2F).
“We are in a northwesterly flow this weekend and again it is going to feel cold with further wintry showers, morning frosts and gales in the north.
“It is going to be a pretty cold weekend.”
UK weather forecast: Snow and sleet to hit Britain tomorrow
UK weather: Snowfall in Nairn in the Scottish Highlands
Forecasts for snow come as Britain cleans up the mess left by a powerful storm which whipped up last night.
More than a month’s rain fell in parts of the north with 83mm (3.3ins) recorded at Shap, Cumbria; 68mm (2.7mm) at Capel Curig, Wales and 71mm (2.8mm) in Morecambe, Lancashire.
Gales topped 84mph at Capel Curig while winds of up to 80mph lashed the Midlands as gusts reached between 40mph and 75mph elsewhere.
More than 70 people in Lancashire were forced to flee their houses as stormy conditions swept the region.
Relentless downpours turned roads into raging torrents of floodwater while railway services were suspended.
Foul weather part-closed the M6 motorway and more than 160 homes along the Fylde coast were plunged into darkness as power supplies failed.
Drivers were forced to abandon their cars after the River Conder, in Galgate, burst its banks as officials ramped up flood warnings.
UK weather: Floods hit parts of the UK today
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued 38 alerts across swathes of England and Wales and nine more serious warnings across the north.
A spokesman said rising river levels in the worst-hit regions will continue to be monitored over the coming days.
A change in the weather will see a return to wintry conditions from tomorrow with a bitterly cold weekend ahead.
Some experts predict…