UK snow forecast: -5C Arctic snow bomb to smash Britain as chart turns RED – weather map

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BBC Weather: UK set for ‘colder’ temperatures over Christmas

Low pressure is forecast to push across the UK from a northerly direction from Greenland. The latest snow risk maps from Netweather turn red in the south west of England on Sunday, December 27, suggesting there is up to 85 percent chance of snow in Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford. The maps also show more red and green swirls of snow surrounding western Scotland and most of the north east and west of England on the same day.

Central Scotland is also predicted to be hit with a barrage of six inches of snow on Sunday, according to WXCHARTS’ snow depth models.

But the next day the snow depth could rise as high as 17 inches in the same area.

Temperatures could also plummet to freezing sub-zero levels by the end of the week, with Scotland potentially seeing -5C on Sunday.

The cold air is expected to sweep down to the north west regions including Carlisle being blasted with -2C.

UK snow forecast: A fierce Artic blast could smash into the UK this week

UK snow forecast: A fierce Artic blast could smash into the UK this week (Image: WXCHARTS)

Gavin Partridge, owner of GavsWeatherVids, warned cold northerly air from Greenland is expected to be pulled towards the UK.

He said: “The suggestion for December 27 is rain, sleet and snow rotating around.

“Temperatures will also begin to drop on Sunday.

“In the south, temperatures will be around 5C and 6C but around Wales, temperatures will struggle to get much above freezing.

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UK snow forecast: The snow charts turn red in Scotland this week

UK snow forecast: The snow charts turn red in Scotland this week (Image: NETWEATHER)

“By Monday, a cold jet stream with a mid-Atlantic ridge is heading up towards Greenland pulling in these cold northerly winds.”

Netweather’s Jo Farrow added freezing low temperatures are likely to last all through the festive week.

She said: “This week will be turning colder with perhaps the white coating of frost to start Friday and finally drier after all this rain.

“A colder start away from South East Britain where the mild air manages to hold on.

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UK snow forecast: Cold air is forecast to sweep down to the south east of England

UK snow forecast: Cold air is forecast to sweep down to the south east of England (Image: NETWEATHER)

“There will have been further pulses of heavy rain for overnight, but Tuesday looks ore settled, sunny and fine although still with more cloud over southern England.

“Later in the day, showery outbreaks of rain begin to edge in from the southwest as the midweek low gets closer.

“That brings more rain in the south but as it clears, with strong winds it will draw down much colder air Wednesday night into Christmas eve and that cold air will still be over the UK when Santa visits.”

The Met Office’s forecast for the end of December added cold air will strike after a slightly warmer Boxing Day on Saturday.

UK snow forecast: Temperatures could fall as low as -5C

UK snow forecast: Temperatures could fall as low as -5C (Image: WXCHARTS)

It said: “A ridge of high pressure extending across the country on Christmas Day bringing mainly dry conditions with southern areas seeing the most prolonged sunshine.

“Rather cold with a widespread frost to start the day. Cloud amounts increasing from northwest with more unsettled conditions spreading southeast across the country into Boxing Day.

“Very unsettled conditions continuing to dominate through to the end of the year with spells of heavy rain and strong winds.

“After a milder interlude on Boxing Day, turning colder again with hill snow expected, also a chance of snow down to lower levels in places.

UK snow forecast: Scotland is also expected to be hit with a barrage of snow

UK snow forecast: Scotland is also expected to be hit with a barrage of snow (Image: WXCHARTS)

“Rather cold, showery conditions look likely to continue into early January.

“However, there is an increased chance of pressure building from the southwest which may bring drier, more settled conditions for a time.”

The BBC’s long-range forecast predicted the cold weather could linger into early January.

The long-range forecast said: “A ridge of high pressure extending across the country on Christmas Day bringing mainly dry conditions with southern areas seeing the most prolonged sunshine. Rather cold with a widespread frost to start the day.

UK snow forecast: The cold air could last until the New Year

UK snow forecast: The cold air could last until the New Year (Image: NETWEATHER)

“Cloud amounts increasing from northwest with more unsettled conditions spreading southeast across the country into Boxing Day.

“Very unsettled conditions continuing to dominate through to the end of the year with spells of heavy rain and strong winds.

“After a milder interlude on Boxing Day, turning colder again with hill snow expected, also a chance of snow down to lower levels in places. Rather cold, showery conditions look likely to continue into early January.

“However, there is an increased chance of pressure building from the southwest which may bring drier, more settled conditions for a time.”



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