UK weather: Met Office warn of icy conditions
A chilling blast will see Britain gripped by icy -5C freeze as weather experts predict much of the nation coated in snow when a cold front arrives from Greenland on Sunday. This follows Met Office warnings of threat to life due to the arrival of Storm Bella on Boxing Day. The chaotic weather follows bookmakers paying out on a White Christmas due to snowfall this morning in the east of the England.
Britain faces hugely changeable weather over the Christmas period with December 25 being the most settled.
Storm Bella’s arrival will see the country covered in weather warnings before midday on Sunday will see the beginning of snow and a widespread chill gripping the UK.
Weather charts show 20 inches of snow in the Highlands, where the brunt of the early flurries will be felt.
But WXCharts also predicts smatterings in Wales, Cumbria and Northumberland over the following days.
However, Netweather is forecasting snow across almost all of Scotland on Sunday the peak of which could hit around 6am, before gradually spreading south to the north of England with areas facing up an 80 percent chance of snow.
Snowstorms are expected to ease up by Monday but Britain must brace for a brutal chill heading across the country thanks to a Polar blast heading over from Greenland.
Temperatures are forecast to dip to -5C in the north of Scotland and around zero across the rest of the country on Monday night.
Sporadic flurries are expected to continue in isolated spots around all of the UK for the next seven to 10 days through to the New Year.
January 4 sees widespread snow storms across central England when temperatures plunge to -1C across Wales and the Midlands.
Today sees a brutal wall of ice stretching along the east of the country, from southern Scotland down to London.
Warnings have been issued for drivers with “difficult conditions” across the whole area.
And some parts of the UK saw a White Christmas with snowfall in both Humberside and Suffolk already.
The Met Office tweeted today: “Morning everyone, we’ve just had official confirmation that this #Christmas is a white one!
We’ve just had official confirmation that this #Christmas is a white one!
“Leconfield in Humberside reported #snow falling at 5am, and Wattisham in Suffolk also reported recent snow at this time.”
More snow is expected in Scotland with the Grampians expecting flurries later in the day.
But Christmas Day’s bitter temperature plunge is a prelude to Storm Bella striking chaos across Britain.
Amber wind alerts signifying a threat to life have been issued by the Met Office for the south coast and southwest of England, as well as southern Wales.
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Forecasters estimate there could be damage to buildings and flying debris while “large waves and beach material” are a risk to coastal roads and seafront buildings.
Inland, gusts are expected to reach 70mph and even more in hilly and coastal areas.
There is also a good chance of power cuts.
Yellow warnings have also been issued for the whole of England and the north-west of Scotland on Boxing Day.
The same amber and yellow alerts are in place for December 27 until around midday.
Met Office officials say homes could be flooded while deep floodwater poses a risk to life.
Those looking to head out on New Years’ Eve can also face colder weather.
A chill will reach across the country with minus temperatures across the northern half of UK and areas in the south barely reaching zero.
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