Snow and icy conditions will be seen in some parts of the UK this Christmas Day as temperatures plunge below freezing to as low as -6C. Other areas will still feel the chill as they’re lashed with “unsettled” weather in the form of rain, wind and overcast skies, the Met Office predicts
A white Christmas may be in reach as forecasters predict snow to blast parts of the UK as the mercury plunges to -6C this festive season.
The Met Office expects freezing conditions will sweep through higher grounds of northern England and Scotland from today with snow falling on some areas by December 25.
And after the festive celebration, a “snowbomb” is expected to strike the nation in the week before New Year’s Eve, experts say.
On the big day, temperatures will plummet to freezing cold lows of minus 6C in the Cairngorms of Scotland, as many parts of England and Wales feel the chill with cold rain and “unsettled” weather.
Met Office forecasters predict the icy weather will freeze higher ground and have tipped the Pennines and Southern Uplands as most likely to have a White Christmas.
As the snow falls, settling up to two inches in some affected areas, the skies will remain sunny and clear.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Chris Bulmer, said: “The Christmas period will be a fairly unsettled spell across the UK this year.
“Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates over the south and west of the UK.
“Where this mild air meets colder air trying to sink south there is a chance of some Christmas snow, this looking most likely over the Pennines, however exactly where this boundary will be is still uncertain.
“In the far north cold conditions and clearer skies will bring a more wintry feel. For many areas, a brisk easterly wind will bring a notable wind chill”
The unsettled spell is being driven by a weather front moving across the UK from the southwest.
After a fine and dry start for many parts of the UK this morning, cloud and rain will move in – bringing with it the wintry weather that will last through the Christmas period.
Some areas will feel the chill before December 25, including Scotland where initial rain will clash with colder air as early as tonight – producing a mix of rain, sleet and snow over high grounds.
Forecasters predict around two inches of snow (5cm) could fall in areas elevated around 1310ft to 1640ft.
Some of the precipitation may fall as freezing rain, bringing a risk of ice to the Southern Uplands and the Highlands overnight.
The Met Office has already issued a Yellow Warning for ice which is likely to hit in these areas between 2pm today and 4am tomorrow morning.
Elsewhere, through Wednesday and Thursday Brits will be lashed with bands of rain continuing to push northeastwards, with potential for “heavy” snow over Scotland’s high grounds on Thursday night.
Christmas Eve will see more showery rain moving across the UK with Scotland staying cold and dry.
Forecasters say the weather will remain unsettled as we move towards the New Year – with wet and windy conditions riding back on milder air.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.