UK snow forecast: Exact date of 6-inch flurry as UK set for icy Christmas

More windier and wintry weather is on the cards ahead of the Christmas period as it is about to turn really cold again with heavy snow expected to arrive before the end of 2021

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UK weather: Met Office issues warnings for fog and low cloud

Brits are bracing themselves for a traditional chilly Christmas with temperatures about to tumble as a big freeze is about to sweep in from the Arctic.

Following Storm Arwen and Barra, most parts of the country have experienced really mild conditions.

But big change is around the corner over the festive period, forecasters say. This weekend will continue to be unseasonably warm with highs of 13C but next week that will come to an abrupt end.

We can expect sub-zero temperatures across the UK from Monday, according to the latest temperature charts – and some could see heavy snow in the week before New Year.

It is expected to be a freezing Christmas weekend with sub zero temperatures



Christmas is little over a week away and the mercury could hover around zero before next weekend, when it will feel coldest in the west and Wales where the temperature could drop to -5C.

It is highly unlikely to be a white Christmas anywhere in Britain but there could be up to 15cm of snow falling on December 29 and 30 in central Scotland.

Several centimetres could arrive in Wales, as well as a layering in the north west of England.

The last widespread white Christmas in the UK was in 2010 – and experts say we can all-but forget one this year.

Before it the winter weather really starts to bite, a Met Office warning has been put in place for fog today.

A man walks through the snow in Gunnerside, North Yorkshire, at the end of November

Their long-range forecast from December 20 reads: “In general, cloud amounts will tend to reduce with time, with a corresponding increase in the risk of overnight fog and frost, which may be slow to clear by day in some areas.

“Towards the middle of the period, there is an increasing chance of more unsettled and windier weather affecting the UK, with rain, and perhaps snow, possible for some places.

Cars drive through the snow in Gunnerside



“Temperatures will generally be near to below normal, perhaps rather cold in the south, feeling chilly where any fog persists, and locally mild in the north and northwest.”

From December 21, maps show a band of cold air can be seen moving in a westerly direction from the continent.

Central areas of Scotland can expect lows of -1C by Thursday.

Young Ivan is all smiles in the snow within the grounds of Townley Hall, Burnley


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Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: “Fog warnings have been issued for eastern counties of England through Thursday night and into Friday.

“Elsewhere we will see some mist and fog form and pockets of frost as well towards the North East where we see the lowest temperatures.

“And across the far west of Scotland, a keen breeze here more in the way of cloud, higher temperatures and one or two showers.

“Elsewhere it will be a dry end to the night, but it will be murky in places with plenty of low cloud, mist and cloud, poor visibility. So a murky start to the day on Friday morning and chilly in places with a touch of frost.

“Through Friday not a lot of change, high pressure in charge, the weather isn’t moving very fast and certainly this fog is expected to linger on in eastern areas into the afternoon.”


Fog patches in the north may be slow to clear, this most likely northeast England. Some sunshine for Scotland. Mostly cloudy skies further south, and a little less mild.


A breezy day for many but rain will be limited. Temperatures remain mind but some part of Scotland and northern England may start to feel colder.

Sunday and Monday:

Dry, mostly cloudy period, the exception being parts of Scotland which are likely to see more in the way of sunny spells. Winds largely light and variable. Becoming rather cold.

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