What Are The Chances Of A White Christmas?

What Are The Chances Of A White Christmas?

A white Christmas is on the cards – if you live on northern hills.

For the rest of the UK, rain & strong or even gale-force winds appears more likely over the holiday season than a festive dusting of snow.

Northern & western parts, including areas  hit by the recent devastating floods, are predicted to experience the heaviest rain & highest winds.

A longer-term forecast issued by the Met Office for the Christmas period & into the New Year said it "seems more likely than not" that the unsettled weather of November & early December would continue.

The latest update said: "This would suggest that all parts of the UK will see rain & strong or gale force winds at times, with the north & west of the country experiencing the heaviest & most frequent rainfall as well as the strongest winds.

"Further south & east some drier & more settled spells will intersperse the wet & windy periods.

"Overall temperatures are likely to be mild for the time of year, although there will still be brief colder spells leading to a risk of frost, & snow over northern hills."

Sky Bet is offering varied odds for snow on Christmas Day,  depending on the part of the country.

Currently, in Aberdeen it is 2/1, 5/1 in Birmingham, & 6/1 in both Cardiff & London.

In the meantime, flood-hit areas are keeping a wary eye on the weather as the Met Office issued a severe warning for heavy rain & snow for North Wales & the North West of England on Saturday.

Up to 60mm of rain could fall in parts, & the Met Office said: "Given saturated ground, be aware of the potential for some localised flooding of land, roads & properties, as well as some travel disruption."

However, this was not expected to be as widespread or severe as that seen at the weekend.

The forecaster moreover said there was a chance of rain turning to snow in northern areas, which could cause traffic difficulties, especially where flooded roads have been closed & more minor routes are in greater use.

Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson said: "A band of rain will move north across the UK & Ireland on Saturday & may well stall over northern England & north Wales, before returning south again on Sunday.

"There's still some uncertainty on where the heaviest rain will fall, yet northern England & north Wales could see 20 to 40mm, locally 60mm.

"Central & western parts of Ireland will moreover be at risk, with potentially higher rainfall amounts there.

"Any rain falling on already saturated ground & flood affected regions will be unwelcome & bring the risk of further flooding.

"As the rain moves into colder air on Saturday it will bring the additional hazard of snow for the Cumbrian Fells, the Pennines & the hills of North Wales.

"On Monday, another spell of wet & windy weather is forecast, yet from the middle of next week it may briefly turn drier & calmer.

"That won't last long though as the mild, unsettled & potentially stormy weather regime looks to continue through the second half of December.

"Areas in the North & North West will be most at risk."

Source: “Sky News”