UK weather – Brits to be battered by Boxing Day blizzard amid weather warning for snow as storm hits UK

BRITS are set to be battered by a Boxing Day blizzard after thousands woke up to a White Christmas on December 25.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow and ice across the UK and Scotland as wet and windy weather moves in from France.



The stormy conditions are set to turn to snow over some parts of the country as the White Christmas continues for thousands.

Forecasters warned to expect travel chaos today as up to four centimetres of the white stuff could fall in some spots, while those on higher ground could see up to ten centimetres.

Paired with powerful 45mph winds, it proves the perfect storm for a winter blizzard that could scupper festive celebrations.

Parts of England from the East Midlands to the North-East as well as Scotland are set to be the worst hit.

The Met had to extend their yellow warnings to include an area from the Scottish Borders to Derbyshire and further east over Durham and Northumberland.

Snow was expected to accumulate over the southern Pennines overnight, before conditions worsened in the early hours of this morning.

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A second warning was also put in place across the north of Glasgow, as meteorologists said Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Perth and Kinross, and Stirling were set to be hit by the barmy Boxing Day weather.

The Met Office said some "short term" loss of power and other services is possible during the period.

Both yellow warnings are expected to end at midday on Sunday.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Temporary blizzard conditions may be encountered above around 300 or 400 metres elevation.

"These conditions will probably move into some hillier central parts of Scotland during Sunday morning, while snow turns back to rain further south."

Boxing Day will be "bitingly" cold as strong winds set in – despite highs of 6C in Scotland, 7C in Northern Ireland, 9C in Wales and 11C in England.

Tony Zartman, Accuweather meteorologist, predicted the southern coast of England could be hit by more stormy conditions today.

He told Express.co.uk: “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.”

WHITE CHRISTMAS ROLLOVER

Northern Ireland and eastern parts of England will see outbreaks of rain first thing while Scotland is set for sleet and snow.

According to the forecasters, strong gusts on Boxing Day could bring challenging travel conditions across upland areas.

It will come as a washout for many after thousands woke up to a white Christmas on December 25.

According to forecaster WXCharts, parts of Scotland were blanketed in up to four inches of snow yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, parts of northern England including the Lake District saw a centimetre or two of the white stuff.

Southern parts of England and Wales, however, were left sodden as hours of rain soaked through their Christmas plans.

Now temperatures are forecast to plunge as low as a freezing -2C in parts of the north and east of England between Christmas Day and December 28.

And the cold spell looks set to continue next month, with the Daily Star reporting up to 25 more days of snow could fall this winter.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Northern England and Scotland are forecast 20 to 25 more days with snow and ice disruption this winter, with 10 to 15 more days with impacts in the South.

“Later in January has potential for cold conditions, with a longer cold spell possible in February, and -12C is likely."

'UNSETTLED'

As it stands weather in the UK is slightly warmer than average for this time of year with parts of the south enjoying mild temperatures between 7C and 9C.

But the Christmas period will be "unsettled" for much of the UK this year.

Frank Saunders, a chief meteorologist, said: "Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates the south and west.

"This contrasts with the cold air in the northeast, which brings the chance of some snow, most likely over the Pennines and the southern half of Scotland, and is perhaps a little more likely into the early part of Boxing Day.

"Added to the mix is a strong easterly wind, especially in northern areas, which will make it feel particularly cold.”

The Met Office has warned Brits of "tricky" driving conditions thanks to "dense fog", strong winds and heavy rain.

Anyone travelling cross-country for festive get-togethers is urged to take extra care on the roads.

And weather maps show yet more snow is on the way from December 27, meaning a truly wintry festive period.

Half an inch will fall on Monday, rising to three on December 29 and 2.5 through to New Year's Eve, according to WXCharts.




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