UK snow forecast: Met Office predicts white Christmas with flurries to hit Britain

Met Office forecasters said that some northern parts of the UK could see snow fall on Christmas Day while much of the country will be “cold and bright” before a coming “snowbomb”

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Temperatures are forecast to plunge in the coming days

The Met Office has predicted a white Christmas for parts of the UK before a biting “snowbomb” is set to strike.

Forecasters have said that some northern parts of the UK could see snow fall on December 25 while much of the country will be “cold and bright”.

Unsettled weather in the build-up to Christmas is predicted to give way to colder, clearer conditions on Christmas Day.

A “snowbomb” is then forecast to strike the nation in the week before New Years Eve, some experts predict.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “We could see some snow showers over the hills in northern parts of the UK – it’s probably the most likely place to see any snow.

“You couldn’t rule out some sleety snow further south than that, but there’s a really big question mark on it.”

On the forecast for the week ahead, she said Sunday’s foggy, murky weather will clear for a cloudy but brighter Monday.

Skies will clear further into Tuesday, which, after a frosty start, will be bright and sunny, and is “likely to be the best day of the week”, Ms Shuttleworth said.

Wednesday will bring increasingly mild and unsettled weather.

While there is still a lot of uncertainty in the forecast for Thursday and Friday, there is likely to be a contrast in conditions for the north and the south, the Met Office said.

Snow could bring travel disruption for some


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Areas south of Wales could see milder temperatures, cloud and rain, while anywhere north from there could have more colder and brighter weather.

Ms Shuttleworth said: “It’s that boundary between the cold and the warm air which is where the uncertainty is, and that’s where the greatest risk of seeing any snow or sleet is.

“We’re expecting to see some snow in the lead-up to Christmas, but it is likely to be over high ground and if anything did fall at lower levels, we anticipate that to largely be quite sleety and to not last very long.”

It could be a white Christmas for some parts of the country

That is most likely across the Midlands, northern England and Scotland, the forecaster said.

The weather could become more consistent across the country by Saturday.

She said: “We could see that colder weather push further south, so more areas seeing that colder, clearer weather by Christmas Day”.

In the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the Met Office expects more settled, dry, calm and cold weather.

Bookmaker Coral said that odds for a white Christmas have been slashed for all major UK cities, with Edinburgh topping the betting for the most likely to see snow and Newcastle just behind.

Northern regions will be the most likely to see snow


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UK Weather Forecast


Cloudy again for many, though cloud may begin to break during the day with some sunshine as slightly cooler conditions spread in from the east. Breezy in far southwest.


Rather cloudy with some clear periods developing over England and Wales leading to a cold night with widespread frost and a few fog patches.


Rather cloudy, but a better chance of seeing bigger breaks and some sunshine across central and southern Britain than previous days. Some drizzle possible at times in far north/northwest.

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