Parts of UK could see first White Christmas in five years

Some people may wake up to the UK’s first White Christmas in five years as snow is forecast for tomorrow.

Northern parts of Britain are the most likely to see snow while the rest of the country is expected to have frost on Christmas morning.

Although torrential rain has soaked the country today with flooding in some places, the wet weather is due to stop later ahead of cold temperatures and frost on Christmas day. 

And sleet or snow could be on the cards for some higher ground after a band of rain pushed across north-western areas during the day, particularly in Scotland. 

Snow is already hitting parts of the North East coast and Kiltarlity, near Inverness, in Scotland.

One of the Met Office’s meteorologists Alex Burkill said: ‘Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day is going to be very cold, with harsh widespread frost first thing Christmas morning.

‘So it could be a “white Christmas” in as much as lots of people are going to wake up to a frost.’

Tomorrow will be dry and settled for most of the UK, but there may be showers in the East and North of England which turn to snow.

Mr Burkill added: ‘So in the Lincolnshire, Yorkshire area, maybe even East Anglia, there could be a few showers during the early hours and with the cold weather it’s not out of the question that there could be a wintery element to those, so a few showers could be falling as sleet or snow.

‘They’ll be very light, scattered, not everywhere will see them by any means, and for most areas it’s going to be a pretty dry day just cold.

‘But there is a chance we could see a few showers of snow across eastern parts of England, particularly early on Christmas Day.

‘It could technically be a white Christmas there but what we can be pretty confident about is that there’s not going to be widespread snow, people aren’t going to wake up to those picturesque sheets of snow that many people will be hoping for.’

The Met Office said Boxing Day will bring a return to the unsettled weather, with outbreaks of rain in the north moving southwards along with strong winds.

These conditions are likely to continue into the lead up to the New Year.

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