Snow warning issued hours before Christmas Day as Brits brace for ‘Arctic blast’

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow ahead of Christmas Day as the UK looks set to be battered by an 'Arctic blast' in the coming days.

The forecasters have said that Brits will face "colder and windy conditions today", with "snow over Scotland sinking southwards into northern England".

The yellow-level snow warning is in place until 11am today and covers a large swathe of Scotland, stretching north past Inverness and almost as far south as Perth.

WXCharts put the snowfall for that region at anywhere between three to seven inches throughout this and next week.

Within their warning, the Met Office has said that "snow may cause travel disruption" with "some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services."

They have also had to publish information about winter-proofing bicycles and travelling in heavy snow for those affected.

Scotland and the far north of England won't be the only places seeing the white stuff over the festive period, with WXCharts forecasting a centimetre or two around Manchester and as far south as the West Midlands on Boxing Day.

Although most of us should manage to avoid the snow this Christmas, the entire country is still set to experience a bitterly cold Arctic blast as the mercury takes an icy plunge.

Chris Bulmer, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, has said: "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."

In southern-central England, Christmas Day temperatures should hover at a manageable 4C to 6C according to WXCharts, but elsewhere the picture is far more chilly.

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Santa can expect to battle temperatures as low as 2C when dropping off presents in Wales, The Midlands and East Anglia, whereas parts of the North East and North West will struggle to reach 1C.

Staggeringly, WXCharts predict that the region of Scotland currently subject to the weather warning may dip as low as -9.5C in hilly regions on Christmas Day.

Luckily it is unlikely that the cold snap with affect St Nick, whose home in the North Pole experiences an average yearly temperature of around -40C, with summer highs of 0C.

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