UK weather forecast: White Christmas coming as Britain bracing for 10 days of snow – maps

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Jim Dale, the founder and the senior meteorological consultant at the British Weather Service, said the country will be a “battleground of the airmasses” on Christmas Day. This is because a polar front is currently sitting across much of the northern part of the UK.

Opposing this, an Atlantic frontal system of more temperate air is due to come in from the southwest from around Friday, he explained.

Where these two meet – likely to be over northern England – is “highly likely” to result in snow.

And Mr Dale believes that there is a good chance this could extend to much larger parts of the UK with many seeing a “Dickensian covering of snow” from Christmas Day onwards.

If the polar front moves south, the country will see increasing amounts of frost with snowstorms and blizzards possible, he warned.

“Whilst there is certainly a risk of wintry conditions for many places, other outcomes are still possible such as warmer air to move across the UK bringing rain widely with any potential snow being restricted to higher ground and the far north.”

BBC Weather forecaster Aiden McGivern said: “There will be a lot of low fog, dense fog last through Saturday in a few spots and it will feel cold, increasingly cold with this high pressure in charge pulling in fairly chilly air from the near continent.”

He told Express.co.uk: “There are high chances on Christmas Day particularly in the north of a white Christmas.

“We have got to prepare for a big change in weather from Christmas Eve onwards.”

Mr Dale added that it was not “cut and dry” because there is still some time to go before Christmas Day.

His warning came as other forecasters told Brits temperatures will plummet to as low as -5C (23F) from Christmas Day.

WXCharts is predicting the mercury will tumble vastly over the coming days – dropping to -5C (23F) in parts of Scotland and northern England.

Maps from the online forecaster showed 10 days of snow over around 2cm of snow hitting northern England on Friday evening into Christmas Day.

This gradually expands over Boxing Day – spreading across much of northern England and Scotland.

From Boxing Day onward, this will spread across parts of northern Wales and further south into the midlands as well as more southern parts of England.

Much of the rest of the UK will be bitterly cold – with temperatures hovering around 0C (32F) – with vast swathes of the country dropping below freezing.

Dan Rudman, Met Office expert meteorologist, said: “There is still a lot of uncertainty in the forecast for the Christmas period.

“Whilst there is certainly a risk of wintry conditions for many places, other outcomes are still possible such as warmer air to move across the UK bringing rain widely with any potential snow being restricted to higher ground and the far north.”

BBC Weather forecaster Aiden McGivern said: “There will be a lot of low fog, dense fog last through Saturday in a few spots and it will feel cold, increasingly cold with this high pressure in charge pulling in fairly chilly air from the near continent.”

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