SNOW is forecast for many parts of the country next week as cold temperatures continue.

However, at this stage, Southend is not predicted to get snow next week by the Met Office despite temperatures dropping down to -1.

This comes after snow hit many parts of south Essex earlier this week.

Will Lang, head of situational awareness at the Met Office, said: “There will be a resurgence in the really cold weather through the weekend and that spreads across the whole of the UK during the early part of next week.”

Drivers have been warned to be fully prepared when travelling.

Simon Williams, a spokesman for RAC Breakdown, said: “With an increasing risk of snow and ice at the start of next week we urge drivers to make sure they travel fully prepared.

“Having a few essential items in the boot – no matter what distance you’re going – can make a massive difference in a breakdown situation in freezing conditions.

“A warm, waterproof coat, sturdy footwear, and gloves, along with a blanket and a power bank to keep your phone charged are vital.

“While no one sets out to breakdown or get stuck in very cold, potentially snowy conditions, there are far too many instances where drivers have underestimated the severity of the conditions and found themselves in danger.

“It is far better to prepare for the worse and hope for the best.”