Christmas Day snow mapped: All the areas predicted for snow as Arctic blast to hit

UK weather forecast: Chart shows snowfall may be on the way

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Snow-lovers will be happy to hear an Arctic blast is on its way to the UK this coming week, potentially covering areas in thick snow. Temperatures are forecast to plummet by 10C as we head towards Christmas, with maps showing snow covering several areas of the UK from Christmas Eve. But will your area see snow?

Winds blasting icy conditions from the Arctic will cause the mercury to plummet and snow showers to hit much of the UK.

Maps from WXCharts show temperatures plummeting to -1C across the country on Christmas Eve, with snow on the horizon leading into Christmas Day.

Any Christmas Day walks are likely to be wintry and you’ll need some sturdy footwear if you live in Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands.

Maps from WXCharts show an icy blast tracking across the UK northwards, with snow covering much of the UK on Christmas Eve.

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The charts show up to nine centimetres of snow near Manchester in the early hours of Christmas morning, with six centimetres near Newcastle, five in Northern Scotland and two in Edinburgh.

And snow showers look likely to continue into Boxing Day, with even heavier totals shown on snow maps.

Yorkshire is forecast to see 14cm, Manchester 13cm and Birmingham and Wales up to 8cm.

Across the Midlands between two and eight centimetres of snow could fall per hour according to the latest maps.

Maps from Netweather also show snow hitting the UK across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Snow-risk maps show heavy snow heading northwards on Christmas Eve, impacting central Scotland and the North East of England.

On Christmas Day Netweather charts show Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales, the Midlands, North of England and North East of Scotland see further snow showers.

Heading into Boxing Day snowfall is restricted to the North of Scotland and Wales, with some flurries in the South East of England and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office’s long-range forecast for Tuesday, December 21 to Thursday, December 30 also forecasts snow over the festive period.

Conditions at the start of the period are “settled and predominantly dry” with “large amounts of cloud”.

We will also see “isolated mist and fog patches developing in clearer areas.”

These clouds will dissipate, leaving the country with an “increase in the risk of overnight fog and frost”.

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Then heading towards the middle of the period – which includes Christmas Day – the forecaster says conditions will be “more unsettled”.

The long-range forecast reads: “Towards the middle of the period, there is an increasing chance of more unsettled and windier weather affecting the UK, with rain, and perhaps snow, possible for some places.

“Temperatures will generally be near to below normal, perhaps rather cold in the south, feeling chilly where any fog persists, and locally mild in the north and northwest.”

On December 27, more snow looks to be on the way for the UK as forecasters predict Storm Corrie will hit the country.

Known as a ‘snowbomb’ the last few days of 2021 will see severe gales, heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

British Weather Services meteorologist Jim Dale told The Sun: “We are expecting one more major storm this month which will set the trend for coming months.

“We expect five to six storms to hit through the winter period which could be severe enough to warrant naming.”

Sleet showers, torrential rain and gales are forecast as we head into the new year, with the worst snowfall forecast for the Highlands and north of Scotland on New Year’s Eve.

Odds of a White Christmas

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have given their odds of which cities will see snow on Christmas Day.

The bookies now make it just a 1/3 shot any part of the UK wakes up to a White Christmas, with Edinburgh being the most likely destination at 11/4.

Elsewhere, odds have been slashed from 6/1 to just 4/1 on Londoners seeing snow on December 25th.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “There’s every chance all four corners of the UK wake up to a White Christmas with the odds continuing to tumble in time for next week.”

White Christmas odds by city

  • Edinburgh – 11/4
  • Newcastle – 3/1
  • Belfast – 7/2
  • Birmingham – 7/2
  • Dublin – 7/2
  • Manchester – 7/2
  • Cardiff – 4/1
  • Liverpool – 4/1
  • London – 4/1

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