Weather forecasters expect the start of December to be characterised by plunging temperatures, icy winds, fog and snowfall. Weather charts predict Scotland to be especially affected by the wintry conditions, with 11 days of snow forecast from Thursday December 3.
Weather maps from WXCharts show snowfall is expected from the early hours of Thursday December 3 in the Highlands region of Scotland.
While just 5cm is expected to start with, heavier snow showers are forecast on Sunday December 6, with up to 10cm.
The forecasters expect the risk of snow to continue into the following week, with flurries expected every day until Sunday 13.
Netweather also predicts snow to fall over the same period, with weather maps showing a high chance of snow on December 3, with the risk increasing as we head into the weekend.
Netweather’s snow risk chart shows there is a 100 percent chance of snowfall across Scotland on Saturday December 5 at 9am.
They also forecast high snow risk on December 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Major snow risk is shown with bright colours, with red, dark red and white indicating between 80-100 percent risk of snow.
Weather maps from WXCharts also show the period is expected to be characterised by freezing temperatures.
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Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “The outlook for this winter looks very cold and we make it just evens now that we go on to suffer the coldest since records began in the UK.”
They also have odds of 3/1 for snow to fall in Edinburgh on Christmas Day and 5-1 for a White Christmas for Londoners.
Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, Belfast stand on 4/1.
The Met Office expects the period from December 2 to December 11 to feel colder, with spells of rain and gales forecast.
They said: “High pressure and generally settled weather will likely give way to wetter, and at times windier, conditions through the first week of December.
“Outbreaks of rain are likely in most areas, notably northern areas at first, and perhaps more southern areas into the weekend.
“Gales may also develop, these most likely for exposed western areas. Later in the period it may well turn more settled, though colder, with a return of night frost and fog.
“Some showers are likely too, these perhaps wintry at times in the north.
“Temperatures may start off near normal, though often feeling colder in windier and wetter spells.
“Below normal temperatures are then slightly more likely for later in the period.”