As the Met Office expects snow to fall by December 25th, there are hopes for a White Christmas for England’s north. However, the Met Office also predicts rain for the south.  

A whiteout Christmas is possible in parts of Britain. The snow will start to fall, which could bring about a wintry rush leading up to Christmas Day. But it remains to be seen which regions will suffer the most.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North North of England are likely to have a white Christmas, especially on high ground. Expect temperatures to plummet to -6C (21F) on December 25.

It follows the UK’s second coldest night of winter, at -9.3C (15.3F) in Braemar in Cairngorms on Monday, and after Sunday’s -9.1C (15.6F), as well as Saturday night’s -8.9C (16F).   

Yesterday, Britons marked the winter solstice with a swim at the beach and yoga sessions outside an 11th century castle to witness the dawn after the longest night of the year as hopes continued to build for a white Christmas. 

For the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the beginning of astronomical winter. It also happens to be the day when there is the least amount of daylight. Shetland’s example has just 5 hours and 49 min. 

The whiteout Christmas will see parts of Britain experience snowfall. It is possible for the snow to continue falling, bringing with it a wintry season leading up to Christmas Day. But who will suffer most? The Oxfordshire morning sunrise.

The Met Office said that while it is not clear exactly how cold or milder the air boundary will be, they do know that there are a few key points to help determine where you can get snow during Christmas.

Today’s conditions are expected to get more unstable, and rain bands will be seen across the UK. On Thursday, more snow will be expected in Scotland.

Is it likely that Christmas Day will be a snowy day in your region of Britain?

These odds are provided by William Hill for Christmas Day snow at airports below.

Edinburgh: 4-9

Leeds-Bradford: 4-9

Newcastle: 10-11

Birmingham: 10-11

Manchester: 10-11

Glasgow: 6-5

Liverpool: 11-8

Belfast: 2-1

Cardiff: 9-4

Bristol: 11-4

London Gatwick: 11-4

London City: 11-4 

Strong winds could bring about snowblizzards in Scotland this Christmas Eve. William Hill’s snow favorites are Edinburgh and Leeds at 4-9. Newcastle, Birmingham, and Manchester at 10-11.

The weather is expected to be milder and more cloudy in the south, with some rain. There’s also the possibility of fog in southern England and Wales for Christmas Eve. This could impact travel.

The Met Office is uncertain about where Britain’s snow ‘boundary’ might be – between snowy and non-snowy parts of the country – but its official Christmas outlook, predicted Scotland is the most likely place to see snow.

Strengthening northerly winds at Christmas Eve will push the boundary.

You will feel colder and there is a chance for blizzards at high elevations. 

The south has mild weather, but cloudy skies and rain from the west.

For the Christmas period, severe weather warnings may be issued because of the forecasted ‘blizzard” for Scotland.

The temperature will drop throughout the week with overnight temperatures as low as -6C (21F).

Helen Caughey (Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Met Office) stated that the exact details of Christmas Day’s forecast were still in doubt due to colder and milder weather conditions over the UK.

“Milder air is moving north-east across most of the country in the middle of week with occasional rain. This will eventually turn into snow on higher ground in northern Scotland.

“The temperature boundary of the colder and milder air will then sink to south on Christmas Eve, and into Christmas Day. This would create colder, more clear conditions for many.

“However it’s difficult to determine exactly where the boundary ends at the moment. It is also key to where you can expect snow during Christmas.

This graphic from the Met Office shows cold air moving in from the north, but milder air heading in from the south-west

This graph from Met Office depicts cold air coming in from north and milder air going in from south.

William Hill, Bookmaker of the Year in Edinburgh and Leeds for 2021’s white Christmas made them 4-9 favorite choices. He also noted that 13 UK major airports have dropped to their lowest levels in more than a decade.

According to the company, the collective book for a white Christmas was 11-4. This is significantly lower than what happened in 2010 when snow fell on 114% of the stations. However, 19% of the stations also saw snow.

Rupert Adams, William Hill spokesperson said that despite the irony of this statement forecasters are slowly coming around to white Christmas.

“There was a certain quiet confidence behind closed doors for some time about this prospect but most people were unwilling to put their reputation at risk.

“As soon as the five-day deadline for forecasting snow fell, people calling the snow day became a lot louder. Therefore punters are enjoying a festive frenzy of joy and renewed confidence.

The only thing that can technically be declared a white Christmas by the company is to observe a snowflake fall at any one of the major UK airports within the 24-hour period of December 25.

White Christmases have occurred in only four locations over the six-year period.

William Hill added that 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 – those being 1981, 1995, 2009 and 2010.