UK snow forecast: Bone-chilling Xmas – areas brace for 7CM as fierce Arctic storm looms

BBC Weather forecasts low temperatures with snow in Scotland

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Britain is set for an “unsettled” festive period, forecasters suggest, as weather warnings are in place for snow in Scotland. Up to 7cm is expected to fall near Inverness from tonight – and flurries will reach Edinburgh overnight.

Snow is also anticipated in northern England, forecasters have said.

By the morning of Christmas Eve, up to 10cm of snow is expected to be on the ground in Scotland, with 1cm falling south of Edinburgh.

Temperatures are then expected to fall throughout Christmas Eve in the area, with WXCharts showing -6C from 9pm in the snowiest parts of Scotland.

Maps show that, from Friday, much of the UK is braced for wet weather and strong winds.

Tony Zartman, AccuWeather Meteorologist, told unsettled conditions will prevail due to pressure systems.

He said: “For Christmas Day, colder air will be pushing into northern portions of the United Kingdom.

“The boundary between the colder air to the north and the milder air to the south will result in an area of rain across Northern Ireland, Wales, southern and central England on Christmas Day.

“Across northern England, closer to the colder air, there will be some rain and snow in the morning with largely snow falling over the high ground, where there can be a mainly light accumulation of a coating to an inch or two.

“Farther north across Scotland in the colder air, it will be largely dry on Christmas Day with bright spells.”

Mr Zartman also warned there is a storm approaching the UK on Boxing Day, but it isn’t expected to cause havoc.

He said: “A storm will pass by to the south across France on Boxing Day.

“This may bring some rain as far north as the southern coast of England. But, much of the remainder of England and Wales are expected to be dry at this point.

“Looking ahead through much of next week into the New Year, it appears as through the UK will remain divided with cold air to the north and milder air to the south.

“A series of storms will bring unsettled weather at times with largely rain across the south and the best potential for snow across the north.”

It comes as the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for snow in Scotland.

The warning came into effect at 3pm on Thursday, and is expected to last until 11am on Christmas Eve.

They said the snow is likely to “cause travel disruption”, with “some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times”.

The Met Office defines a White Christmas to be at least one snowflake observed falling in the 24 hours of Christmas Day, somewhere in the UK.

Meteorologists have said that, while there is a chance of snow in the Peak District, Pennine areas and the Southern Uplands, the “exact location is still uncertain”.

Chris Bulmer, Met Office deputy chief meteorologist, told the Independent: “The Christmas period will be a fairly unsettled spell across the UK this year.

“Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates over the south and west of the UK.

“Where this mild air meets colder air trying to sink south there is a chance of some Christmas snow, this is looking most likely over the Pennines, however exactly where this boundary will be is still uncertain.

“In the far north cold conditions and clearer skies will bring a more wintry feel.

“For many areas a brisk easterly wind will bring a notable wind chill.”

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