Snow will herald the start of spring in the West Midlands, forecasters have warned - as the coldest March for the past 50 years continues to drag on.
The unseasonal winter temperatures are a contrast from last year, when the country was basking in sunshine and revellers sunbathing in temperatures of up to 15.4C (59.7F).
The Met Office today warned that light snow could begin to fall by 9pm in the region tonight, with the downfall becoming heavier throughout the night.
Temperatures will meanwhile drop to around 1C (33.8F).
Charles Powell, spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The average 3C (37.4F) so far is almost three degrees below normal.
“Last March we had warm air from the Mediterranean. This time we’ve had easterly winds.”