Let it snow? Forecasters say chance of festive flurries is faint

Let it snow? Forecasters say chance of festive flurries is faint

Some area's of Flintshire "could" see snow on the higher ground on Boxing Day and through to Wednesday the Met Office warns.

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Northern Ireland, western Scotland and parts of north-west England will see heavier and more persistent rain on Christmas Day, while Boxing Day is likely to be sunnier but colder for most parts.

Forecasters say heavy rain and snow could affect north east Wales from 6pm on tomorrow through to 11am the following day bringing an end the mild weather.

There is a risk of snow falling to lower-levels over the Midlands to the Chilterns, with scattered wintry showers in the north. Temperatures will fall close to freezing overnight but drop below zero at higher levels. The rain clearing overnight, bringing hill snow for a time to parts of southern Scotland and Northeast England.

"There is low confidence in the balance between rain and snow with marked variations likely from place to place in the amounts of any snow".

Those travelling by auto have been urged to take extra care on Tuesday morning as the Met Office predicts conditions will become icy overnight.

"As the rain becomes increasingly heavy, it is likely to turn to snow in places, initially over parts of Wales and perhaps the Peak District then over central England in the early hours of Wednesday".

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Bookmakers had put the odds of a white Christmas of between 2/1 at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports and 5/1 in Birmingham, Cardiff and Liverpool airports.

For years, Christmas was declared "white" if a single flake of snow was observed by a professional meteorologist falling on the roof of the London Weather Centre.

Elsewhere across the United Kingdom, it was a mild and, in parts, wet Christmas Day, with the mercury hitting lower double figures.

The Met Office has now broadened its definition to extend to other parts of the country, although the snow still has to be recorded by a professional.

"There will be some snow, mainly on the hills across Scotland, but there could be a centimetre or two in the lower areas", he said.

However, it was still cooler than a year ago when temperatures reached 15C (59F) in several parts of the country.

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