UK snow forecast: Snowbomb to batter Britain – SIX storms loom in winter freeze

BBC Weather: Strong winds and fog forecast for UK

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Forecasters and maps hold that up to December 26, the weather in Britain will be “settled” with “slightly above average” temperatures. But as December comes to an end, charts show a wet and windy front of weather will roll in from the south-west and a snowbomb could batter the UK.

From December 27 to January 2, Netweather.tv’s forecast holds there is “potential for some snowfall”.

Their forecast read: “Confidence is lower for this period but there is a greater chance of colder weather heading in from the east at some point during this period as highest pressure transfers further north, most likely towards Scandinavia.

“So there is potential for some snowfalls, but not a certainty, as much depends on the specifics of the wind direction and the extent of cold air masses over the near continent.”

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, also told The Sun a “perfect recipe” of warm North Sea waters and a La Nina cooling of the Pacific after a placid autumn will be behind the unsettled weather.

He told the outlet: “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.”

Maps from WXCharts show that after Boxing Day, conditions will begin to worsen in the UK, with midnight December 27 seeing up to 3mm of rain an hour striking the southwest.

By 6pm, charts predict that the rain will soak much of Ireland, along with the west coast of Wales and Cornwall.

However, in the north west of England, up to 1cm of snow will fall an hour, with more falling overnight.

By midnight December 28, up to 2cm of snow an hour is expected to have fallen across much of the north west and south of Scotland, as well as in Southampton and Cardiff.

Despite predictions for a snowy end to the year, forecasters have poured cold water on hopes for a White Christmas.

Terry Scholey, Netweather forecaster, wrote: “We have a more comfortable feel to enjoy over the next few days, but with the air off the Atlantic very moist, we’re likely to see more gloomy, misty weather at times, which can be common at this time of year.

“A front marks the boundary between very mild weather across central and southern parts and less mild conditions further North.

“As a result, much of Scotland and the far North of England have begun dry and fine, where there’ll be some sunshine this morning. But it’s a chillier start here, with a touch of frost over sheltered eastern parts of Scotland first thing.

“The front moves North through the day, soon bringing rain and a southerly gale to Northern Ireland, with all but North Scotland seeing rain and freshening winds before the day is out.”

The BBC and Met Office’s long range forecasts have also damped hopes for snow on Christmas Day.

The Met Office said: “Heading into the Christmas period, settled conditions are likely.

“Temperatures perhaps close to or slightly above average for this time of year, however some colder interludes may bring a risk of frost at times.

“The last week of December and into early January is looking to remain settled, with an increasing chance of frost and fog during clearer spells for Christmas and towards New Year.”

Meanwhile, the BBC said: “Over the Christmas week, the high is favoured across northwest Europe to southeast Europe with the low pressure systems now further north of the United Kingdom.

“This would lead to a calmer and somewhat drier pattern, especially across western parts and Scotland.

“Generally near seasonal temperatures are anticipated over this week, but maybe slightly below average over Wales, Scotland and western England.”

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