WINTRY conditions are heading towards Britain as snow is forecast to fall in some areas with plunging temperatures bringing in a chilly weather front. What does the Met Office long range weather forecast predict for over Christmas?
Snow blizzards have hit parts of the UK this morning, with up to two inches falling in parts of Scotland and northern England. But more wintry weather is yet to come, amid predictions the UK could be facing a White Christmas.
Ladbrokes have cut odds for the second time this week on a White Christmas.
Having been a 4/9 shot, the bookies now make it just 1/3 for any part of the UK to see snow on Christmas Day.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s looking increasingly likely we’ll see snow on Christmas with temperatures continuing to drop.”
But what does the Met Office predict in their long range forecast?
Met Office long range forecast
From the end of next week and into the Christmas period, the UK will be facing outbreaks of rain, which will be “heaviest in the south and west, but moving north and eastwards”.
There will be a risk of snow on the northern hills, while in the west, the weather will be windy with coastal gales.
Between December 19 and 28, the forecast reads: “Likely frost overnight in the north, but elsewhere, temperatures generally around normal.
“Thereafter, it will turn milder and unsettled again as further bands of rain and strong winds edge in from the west.
“Changeable and sometimes windy conditions will probably last for the rest of the period. Most of the rain will probably be in the west with drier spells more likely in the east and southeast.
“Snow may occur at times in the north, mainly on high ground.
“There remains a chance of brief drier, colder interludes, with an increased risk of frost and fog.”
While heading into the New Year, the forecast will remain “changeable”.
The Met Office predicts: “Sometimes windy conditions seem more likely through late December, with the wetter weather in the west and longer drier spells in the east.
“By the time we go into January, longer spells of more widely dry, quiet and bright weather are possible, especially for southern and central areas, with the northwest more likely to remain unsettled.
“Temperatures should be near to or somewhat above average overall, but with the usual day to day variations.
“However in quieter spells, it is likely to be colder generally, with an increased risk of frost and fog.”
So could we see a White Christmas this year?
For those of you draming of a white Christmas, despite climate change they do still happen in the UK on occasion.
A spokesman for William Hill said: “At this stage of the year, the odds always suggest that a White Christmas is a long shot.”
9/4 Snow in Aberdeen on Christmas Day
5/2 Snow in Glasgow on Christmas Day
5/2 Snow in Edinburgh on Christmas Day
3/1 Snow in Newcastle on Christmas Day
10/3 Snow in Leeds on Christmas Day
9/2 Snow in Birmingham on Christmas Day
5/1 Snow in Belfast on Christmas Day
5/1 Snow in Dublin on Christmas Day
5/1 Snow in Manchester on Christmas Day
6/1 Snow in Liverpool on Christmas Day
6/1 Snow in London on Christmas Day
7/1 Snow in Bristol on Christmas Day
8/1 Snow in Norwich on Christmas Day
10/1 Snow in Cardiff on Christmas Day
12/1 Snow in Penzance on Christmas Day