Christmas Week – Snow Forecast
As we head into Christmas Day, there will be some sleet and snow showers at times across higher ground in parts of Scotland. There is also a possibility that some of these sleet and snow showers may also extend into parts of northern England across higher ground as we progress throughout the day and into Christmas Day evening. So unlike last year, there will be an official white Christmas on the cards for some, and although it may only be a flake or two in some locations, this is all that is required to typically define what a white Christmas is and for those who have placed bets.
Boxing Day will bring a cooler day for most, especially in parts of the north. Some further wintry precipitation and snow showers are also likely to develop once again across parts of Scotland as we progress throughout the day and into the evening, especially across higher ground. Boxing Day evening will also see the development of a widespread frost under clearer skies, but especially more so in some northern and central parts of the country.
Thursday will bring a rather cold day for most with some further sleet and snow showers across higher ground in parts of the north, in particular in parts of Scotland and north-east Scotland where some moderate accumulations of snow can’t be ruled out. Another widespread frost is also likely to develop in places during Thursday evening, leading to the development of some icy patches in places as we head into the early part of Friday. However, Friday is likely to be a milder day overall for many with some outbreaks of rain to the west of the country. Some of these showers are also likely to turn initially wintry at times, especially across higher ground in parts of the north.
As we head into the Christmas week weekend, the risk of snow looks set to significantly increase to other parts of the country too. Saturday is likely to see any wintry weather being more confined to parts of the north across higher ground, but as we progress throughout the day and into Sunday, we could also initially see some snow showers developing across parts of northern England, Northern Ireland, and into parts of Wales too.
Added: 13:57pm 24th December 2012