Forecasters refuse to rule out widespread snow as mini ice age predicted

Weather forecasters are refusing to rule out a widespread dumping of snow across the UK in the next few weeks as Arctic flurries looks set to arrive in some places by this evening.

Some have even warned of a "little ice age" that could take hold of the UK before the end of November.

Recently, the Met Office upgraded its snow forecast for the coming weeks from a 'slight risk of wintry showers' to 'likely snow and ice'.

They have specified that the snow risk is "especially" applicable to northern regions, but haven't ruled out a widespread snow event.

As a result, odds at the bookies for a White Christmas were slashed as it looks increasingly likely that there will be blankets of the white stuff on December 25.

William Hill cut Edinburgh to a 10/3 White Christmas favourite, while North East flight hub, Newcastle, and Birmingham Airports are now as short as 4/1.

Other forecasters have also now warned of an increasing chance of snow.

James Madden, a meteorologist for Exacta Weather, said: “The cold is likely to win out before the end of November bringing an early taste of winter and the risk of snow.

“Waning solar activity means chances are high for a little ice age winter this year with notable periods of cold and snow.

“We have high confidence for the most cold and wintry conditions since December 2010 developing towards the end of the year.

“This could bring excessive cold temperatures and periods of widespread snow.”

2010 is significant in that it was the last widespread White Christmas in the UK. Snow on the ground was recorded at 83% of weather stations – the highest amount ever recorded.

According to WX Charts, snow should fall in Scotland around Inverness and Aberdeen by this evening (November 16).

Due to a polar plume moving across the UK from Scandinavia throughout November, WX Charts also reckon that by November 25 snow will be covering almost all of Scotland.

By November 26 this snow will have made its way down to Lancashire, Wales and parts of The Midlands.

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