We are looking forward to a white Christmas! A cold snap may bring widespread snowfall to the UK, for the first-time since 2010.

  • Britain warned to prepare for the first possible White Christmas within a decade
  • Met Office states that unsettled weather can be expected, and snow is possible at certain places.  










Britain might experience its first White Christmas in more than a decade. There is a forecast of snow coming late next week.

Snow fell in large parts of the country last December 25th, 2010. This was when 83% of weather stations reported that there had been snow.

White Christmases have occurred in only four locations over the last six years. 

Now the Meteorological Office says unsettled weather is expected towards the end of next week, with ‘snow possible for some places’.

Oli Claydon, Met Office spokesperson said wintry conditions are possible in Britain if there is low pressure south. That would create a bitterly easterly wind flow. He added: ‘Eastern areas could get the chance of snow.’

The last time there was snow across much of the country on December 25 was in 2010, when 83 per cent of weather stations reported lying snow and others experienced snow falling

On December 25, 2010, snow fell across large swathes of the country. 83% of weather stations had reported snowfall, while others saw snow fall.

Since 1960, there have been only four occasions when at least 40 per cent of UK weather stations have reported snow on the ground at 9am on December 25 – 1981, 1995, 2009 and 2010

Since 1960, there have been only four occasions when at least 40 per cent of UK weather stations have reported snow on the ground at 9am on December 25 – 1981, 1995, 2009 and 2010

Similar snowfalls have been experienced in other winters.

But Mr Claydon added: ‘It’s too early to say whether this will happen. Another scenario is low pressure coming in from the Atlantic. This would produce warm and humid air. It’s a waiting game.’

Since 1960, there have been only four occasions when at least 40 per cent of UK weather stations have reported snow on the ground at 9am on December 25 – 1981, 1995, 2009 and 2010. 

The Meteorological Office says unsettled weather is expected towards the end of next week, with ‘snow possible for some places’

The Meteorological Office says unsettled weather is expected towards the end of next week, with ‘snow possible for some places’

However, around 50% of Christmases over the last 60 years have seen snowfall in at least 5% of affected areas.

Temperatures will remain in the single digits Celsius for this weekend. Tomorrow night, frost is likely to affect western regions.

The warmest places in the next few days are expected to be the Scottish mountain tops, which will poke above the cold air into milder conditions – known as ‘temperature inversion’.

Mr Claydon said temperatures on the upper slopes of some of the mountains could reach the mid-teens – warmer than Barcelona.

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