Met Office Christmas weather forecast LIVE – Snow WILL fall in UK, experts predict – but will YOU get a White Christmas?

BRITS have been told to brace for a icy -1C freeze as temperatures drop just days before Christmas.

One forecaster says that if a particular weather system shapes up in the days to come, some areas could record a whopping 10 inches of snow on the big day, starting from early morning in many places.

Meanwhile, forecasters have predicted the exact date Brits will see snow this month – with with blizzards and biting winds blasting in some parts of the country.

Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook has said it may well be a very white Christmas after all, and it'll be an "all-time classic" for snow fans.

The charts show temperatures as low as -6C in parts of Scotland, while snow would fall across much of the country – including in the south.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

  • Milica Cosic

    Bookies odds on a white Christmas

    Bookies William Hill have slashed the odds on a White Christmas after meteorologists warned Brits to expect "unsettled weather".

    Edinburgh and Leeds are joint favourites for snowy scenes, with odds of 4-9, while Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester all sit at 10-11.

    Scotland’s capital Edinburgh and Leeds now top the betting for a White Christmas.

    William Hill spokesperson Rupert Adams said: "As ironic as this may sound, we’re now seeing forecasters slowly warming to the idea of a White Christmas.

    "As soon as we ticked into the crucial five-day window of being able to forecast snow, those calling snow on the big day got a bit louder and as a consequence punters have been indulging in a festive flurry flutter with renewed confidence.

    "After such a turbulent, and at times torrid, 12 months, wouldn’t it be magical to wake up on Christmas day to blankets of fluffy white snow!"

  • Milica Cosic

    Weather will be a 'battle' for Brits

    Director of Weathertrending, Sarah Thornton, told The Sun the UK will find itself in a "battleground" between freezing air coming from the Arctic and Scandinavia, and much milder air trying to head in from the Atlantic.

    "Most models now suggest that the cold air will be winning and spreading lower temperatures southwards as we head through Christmas Day.

    "However another assault of mild air will arrive from the southwest through the day, bringing rain. At the boundary between the two, there’s an increasing chance of snow."

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    Christmas period will be a fairly unsettled

    Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Chris Bulmer, told The Mirror: “The Christmas period will be a fairly unsettled spell across the UK this year.

    "Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates over the south and west of the UK.

    "Where this mild air meets colder air trying to sink south there is a chance of some Christmas snow, this looking most likely over the Pennines, however exactly where this boundary will be is still uncertain.

    "In the far north cold conditions and clearer skies will bring a more wintry feel. For many areas, a brisk easterly wind will bring a notable wind chill”

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    Snow could arrive as early as Friday

    Meteorologists have previously predicted that snow could arrive as early as Friday in the South.

    The Met Office has also warned that blizzards could be in store for Scotland.

    "Colder and clearer" conditions are set to take hold on December 25, with northern parts of the country most likely to see snow. – two inches in areas elevated around 1310ft to 1640ft.

    Meanwhile, the Weather Outlook suggest "heavy snow" will hit the south coast on December 27.

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    Met Office confirms exact date ‘two inches’ of snow will fall

    THE Met Office has confirmed the exact date that two inches of snow will fall this festive season.

    They say that up to two inches of snow could fall in some parts of the UK by Christmas Day – December 25.

    Colder air starts to push south from Christmas Eve, bringing along with it some winds and a beautiful blanket of snow in the north.

    Temperatures are set to plummet over the festive period as Storm Corrie sweeps in, with the south of the country also expected to see some hill snow.

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    UK weather outlook for the weekend

    Saturday will stay cloudy for many, with rain for most, especially in England and Northern Ireland.

    A band of rain will move in on Saturday night, becoming heavy at times. Moderate winds.

    Cloudy and wet on Sunday with rain, but snow for Scotland, moving away by the evening. Cloudy with gentle winds

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    Tomorrow's weather forecast

    It will be a damp and overcast day for most tomorrow with light rain over much of the UK.

    Tomorrow morning will be misty to the south and there will be drizzle for many, with snow in Scotland.

    A band of rain will push across England and Wales tomorrow afternoon, becoming heavy at times. Gentle winds

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    Tonight's weather

    An overcast night for most, with the odd clear spell for Wales, southern England and Northern Ireland, where it will remain dry with mist developing.

    For northern England and Scotland, drizzle and light rain showers are likely but will fall as snow over higher ground in Scotland. Gentle winds

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    Why won’t my car start in the cold?

    Not unlike humans needing layers of clothes to brave low temperatures, cars also need a little preparation to get going.

    When cars won’t start, it’s often because their engine oil has thickened in the cold, which increases friction and makes it harder for the starter motor to spin the engine.

    Cold, damp weather can sometimes play havoc on batteries as vehicle electrical systems have to work a lot harder.

    The RAC says the majority of their winter call-outs are to do with car batteries.

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    Next week to see cold and unsettled weather

    By Tuesday night, the temperatures will drop to a chilly 1C for most, with slightly warmer weather in the south.

    In Scotland, the mercury is expected to dip below zero, reaching -1 in Loch Rannoch – and it could dive to -5C in some parts on Christmas Day.

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

    Skies will clear into Tuesday and after a frosty start, it will be bright and sunny – and is “likely to be the best day of the week”.

    But Wednesday will bring increasingly unsettled weather.

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    Heaviest snow to arrive from next Monday

    The heaviest of the snow is expected to arrive from next Monday as Storm Carrie sweeps into the UK.

    The Corrie could move in and drop a “snowbomb”, Netweather.tv reports.

    Weather charts suggest snow will fall in the North West on December 27, with 1cm expected in just one hour.

    By December 28 – after continuous overnight blizzards – 2cm of snow per hour will come down across swathes of the North West, the south of Scotland, Southampton and Cardiff.

    The white stuff could even hit London and the south of England on December 28, according to one prediction.

    It will be bitterly cold across the UK this week with temperatures plummeting to zero.

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    Should I leave my car running to warm it up?

    Avoid doing this if you can.

    Leaving your car engine going before you start driving doesn't actually help the engine, but just ramps up your fuel use and emissions.

    Cars older than 20 years do need warming up to get going in the cold weather.

    But most modern engines adjust their temperature accordingly, so car experts say you shouldn't leave your car running for more than 30 seconds before driving.

  • Louis Allwood

    Why won't my car start in the cold?

    Not unlike humans needing layers of clothes to brave low temperatures, cars also need a little preparation to get going.

    When cars won't start, it's often because their engine oil has thickened in the cold, which increases friction and makes it harder for the starter motor to spin the engine.

    Cold, damp weather can sometimes play havoc on batteries as vehicle electrical systems have to work a lot harder.

    The RAC says the majority of their winter call-outs are to do with car batteries.

  • Louis Allwood

    Next week to see cold and unsettled weather

    By Tuesday night, the temperatures will drop to a chilly 1C for most, with slightly warmer weather in the south.

    In Scotland, the mercury is expected to dip below zero, reaching -1 in Loch Rannoch – and it could dive to -5C in some parts on Christmas Day.

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

    Skies will clear into Tuesday and after a frosty start, it will be bright and sunny – and is “likely to be the best day of the week”.

    But Wednesday will bring increasingly unsettled weather.

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    Latest odds for snow

    Ladbrooks have given their latest odds on a white Christmas – by City

    • Edinburgh – 4/5
    • Newcastle – EVS
    • Birmingham – 6/4
    • London – 7/4
    • Belfast – 2/1
    • Cardiff – 2/1
    • Dublin – 9/4
    • Liverpool – 9/4
    • Manchester – 9/4
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      Christmas Eve to Boxing Day outlook

      Unsettled throughout; cloudy with occasional rain, generally mild.

      Remaining wet and windy for most into Christmas Day, with some hill snow, gradually turning brighter, but colder from the north later.

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      Driving home for Christmas – the checklist

      StressFreeCarRental.com are providing motorists with their Christmas road trip checklist for those looking to pack up their cars and hit the roads this winter.

      A few simple checks will help significantly to help drivers relax and enjoy the Christmas songs on their journey.

      • Presents – Most importantly of all, drivers should ensure they have all of their presents and cards on board before setting off on their festive journey!
      • Emergency kit – On dark wintery nights, driving conditions can change drastically and leave drivers in a situation they were not prepared for
      • Lights – As the days get shorter, ensuring all vehicle lights are functioning properly is not only essential but also a legal requirement. 
      • Tyres – Snow, sleet, rain and frost can all have a huge impact on the terrain, meaning tyre upkeep is more important than ever in the winter months.
      • Windscreen – Winter weather can be unpredictable and having full visibility can prevent any potential dangers on the road.
      • Antifreeze – It is crucial when topping up your antifreeze that the engine has fully cooled down, as the release of pressurised water can cause serious injury

      ‘Heavy snow’ possible in south

      Temperatures are set to plummet over the festive period as Storm Corrie sweeps in, bringing blankets of the snow along with it.

      The Weather Outlook suggest “heavy snow” will hit the south coast on December 27.

      Meteorologists predict snow could arrive as early as Christmas Eve in the South, while the Met Office warned blizzards could be in store for Scotland.

      “Colder and clearer” conditions are set to take hold on December 25, with northern parts of the country most likely to see snow.

      'A White Christmas is definitely on'

      Meteorologist James Madden, from Exacta Weather, told the Express: "Snow could arrive as early as Christmas Eve in parts of the south.

      "Further snow is likely during the latter part of Christmas Day and on Boxing Day."

      He added: "Temperatures could also dip as low as -10C in the coldest and iciest areas over the festive period."

      Jim Dale, of British Weather Services, added: "A White Christmas is definitely on.

      “It will get colder through next week as high pressure breaks down and a system coming in on Christmas Eve clashes with cold conditions and brings snow.

      "There is a chance of snow any time in any place."

      Weather outlook for Thursday and Friday

      The rain will continue on Thursday, with all areas seeing some rain, heaviest over Scotland in the evening.

      There may be some bright spells for eastern England. Friday will start cloudy, with drizzle for Scotland.

      A band of rain and showers will then move into England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

      Grants and help from energy companies

      If you’re in debt to your energy supplier, you might be able to get a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust to help pay it off.

      This scheme is available to anyone – you don't have to be a customer – and you can find out more and apply here.

      Several companies also offer a grant scheme for their customers including:

      • Scottish Power Hardship Fund
      • Ovo Debt and energy assistance
      • E.on Energy Fund
      • EDF Energy Customer Support Fund

      The conditions of each scheme vary, so contact your energy provider to find out more.

      If you need help, make sure you speak to your provider to see what they can do.

      If you have a prepayment meter and you can’t top up – either because you are isolating or because you can’t afford to – your energy provider must help you.

      For instance, it can let someone else top up for you, send you a pre-loaded top-up card, or increase your emergency credit limit.

      • Louis Allwood

        ‘Snowbomb’ to hit in DAYS

        The UK will be plunged into freezing temperatures as it could be hit by a "snowbomb" in just a few days.

        Most areas within the UK are also set be covered in the white stuff on Christmas Day.

        The Met Office said snow could be possible for some parts of Britain on December 25, while much of the country is set to see very cold but bright weather.

        Meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said the snow flurries could arrive earlier than December 27 – and there's still a good chance some Brits will see snow on Saturday.

        The white stuff could fall in parts of the UK as early as Thursday as temperatures plunge this week, according to one prediction.

      • Louis Allwood

        When will summer begin?

        The Summer Solstice will signify that the Spring time has come to an end and hot and sunny Summer weather will be present until the next seasonal change.

        Remembering the seasonal equinoxes and solstices are the key to knowing which time of year you are in.

        Although a lot of territories experience differing weather conditions prior to the solstices and equinoxes, the dates are significant to know the official starts of the four seasons.

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        Snow on the big day!

        Maps from WXCharts show snow and rain sweeping into Scotland on December 23.

        The band of snow gradually moves south, blanketing parts of the north of England, and much of the Midlands and north Wales on Christmas Day, according to the maps.

        Those living in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Stoke, Liverpool, Birmingham, and parts of north Wales could see the white stuff falling by 6pm on the big day.

        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.

      • Louis Allwood

        Will we see snow on the 23rd?

        Maps from WXCharts show snow and rain sweeping into Scotland and the north of England on December 23.

        Snow is also set to sprinkle most of the country on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, particularly in the north of England and much of the Midlands, according to the maps.

        The south of England might not wake up to snow on the big day, but they could see a dusting by 6pm and overnight into Boxing Day.

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