Brits could experience their first White Christmas in over a decade, forecasters say.
Bitter Scandinavian winds will blast away the mild weather as a -10C freeze roars in from the east next week.
Meteorologist James Madden, from Exacta Weather, said: “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.”
A Sudden Stratospheric Warming similar to the driver for 2018’s Beast from the East cold snap will boost the freezing blast.
Mr Madden said it would “contribute to bringing a very cold easterly and the ever-increasing risk for widespread snow during the final third of December”.
He added: “Temperatures could also dip as low as -10C in the coldest and iciest areas over the festive period.”
Bitter winds from Scandinavia and the Arctic region will engulf the entire country, forecasters warn.
Sleet and snow could continue to blanket swathes of Britain through Christmas and into New Year.
Jim Dale, of British Weather Services, said: “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.”
Ladbrokes are offering odds of just 1-3 that snow will fall anywhere in the UK on December 25 for the first time since 2010.
While William Hill make it odds on – at 10-11 – that Newcastle and Edinburgh get a white Christmas.
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According to the Met Office, the definition of a White Christmas is when one snowflake is observed falling within the 24 hours of December 25 anywhere in the UK.
The weather agency says December is the beginning of the period where snow is likely to fall for Brits, with January and February more likely to see the white stuff than other months in winter.
On average, 3.9 days have snow or sleet in December, 5.3 in January and 5.6 days in February.
March also sees more snow than Christmas on average, with 4.2 days.
It can predict if snow is set to fall on any Christmas day up to five days beforehand, so the Met Office weather forecast is still expected this year.
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