BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood teases a potential white Christmas
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Meteorologists are predicting snowfall on Christmas Day this year, with the north being the “most likely” part of the country to see it. It is set to be succeeded by a cold front that promises to bring “unsettled weather”.
The Met Office forecasts that between Wednesday and Friday there is expected to be “hill snow in the north, and possibly snow to lower levels later, mixed with brief settled spells.”
WXCharts shows an increase of snow across most of the UK from Wednesday, before receding again.
However, Netweather charts suggest there is a high potential for snow across the Midlands, the north east and Scotland on December 25.
This is expected to last between about 9am to 12pm, before waning by 3pm.
However, a band of snow could then fall across the Midlands, north Wales and parts of East Anglia from 6pm and into Boxing Day.
More snow is then expected on December 26, falling across East Anglia, London and the south coast in the latter half of the day.
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.”
She said that Tuesday is likely to be “the best day of the week”, with bright sunny skies after a frosty start.
The Met Office predicts that there will then be an area of low pressure in the south and high pressure in the north.
It explained: “This results in a boundary between colder air to the north and milder air in the south.
“Unsettled weather results, with increased cloud amounts, occasional rain and some stronger winds, fluctuating north to south through the initial period.
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“Rain may turn wintry at times on the northern edge, most likely across central and northern areas, and mainly over higher ground.
“Milder temperatures more likely in the south, with brighter colder conditions in the north with some wintry showers.”
It then foresees “settled conditions” to likely return towards the end of December and into the New Year, with temperatures expected to be “rather cold”.
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.”
The forecast comes after the UK was battered by two storms, Arwen and Barra.
Storm Arwen saw 100mph gusts, infrastructure disrupted and the power cut to tens of thousands of homes.
Three men were killed by falling trees in separate incidents as a result of the storm, which caused a rare red wind warning.
One man died after a tree fell on his car in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Another was crushed by a tree in Ambleside, Cumbria; and a third had his truck hit by a tree in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
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