THE region is preparing for a Big Freeze as weather warnings are stepped up.
Heavy snow is predicted to fall throughout on Friday, with the Met Office warning of disruption as North Wales contends with up to 15cm snow and more on higher ground.
Met Office spokesman Charlie Powell confirmed the area is set to feel the full effects of the snowfall.
He said: “We anticipate the snow is likely to fall from the early hours of Friday and an amber weather warning covers the area.
“There could be 10 to 15cm of snow and a risk of as much of 20 to 25cm on higher ground.
“There is the potential for severe disruption on Friday and we are expecting difficult conditions.
"People should be prepared to change their plans and only make journeys if they are absolutely necessary.
“We are also anticipating very strong winds and gales.”
Mr Powell said light snow could fall early on Saturday but the weekend is likely to be dry, although Friday’s snow may remain on the ground.