First white Christmas in 5 years for many Brits as more snow forecast

Swathes of the UK could see a white Christmas for the first time in five years as forecasters predict snow and ice.

Brits have seen mixed conditions leading up to the big day this year, with many areas having heavy rainfall this week.

But the rain will make way on Christmas Eve, allowing colder temperatures and frost to move in on December 25, The Mirror reported.

And for those desperate to see blankets of the white stuff for a picture-perfect Christmas, forecasters have some good news.

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told the PA news agency: "Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day is going to be very cold, with harsh widespread frost first thing Christmas morning.

"So it could be a 'white' Christmas in as much as lots of people are going to wake up to a frost."

Christmas itself will be a dry and settled affair for most, with parts of Eastern England set for the possibility of snow or sleet in the morning.

Mr Burkill said: "So in the Lincolnshire, Yorkshire area, maybe even East Anglia, there could be a few showers during the early hours and with the cold weather it's not out of the question that there could be a wintery element to those, so a few showers could be falling as sleet or snow.

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"They'll be very light, scattered, not everywhere will see them by any means, and for most areas, it's going to be a pretty dry day just cold.

"But there is a chance we could see a few showers of snow across eastern parts of England, particularly early on Christmas day."

Meanwhile, a band of rain will push across the northwest, particularly affecting Scotland, where there could be snowy showers on high ground.

Mr Burkill finished: "It could technically be a white Christmas there but what we can be pretty confident about is that there's not going to be widespread snow, people aren't going to wake up to those picturesque sheets of snow that many people will be hoping for."

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Elsewhere there are yellow weather warnings in place, in East Anglia, across Leicester and Birmingham as well as mid-Wales and Cornwall.

The Environment Agency has issued more than 50 flood warnings, including more than a dozen related to the River Severn on the Welsh border.

According to the latest odds from the bookies, Norwich is the city most likely to get snow on Christmas, followed by Newcastle and Aberdeen.

Bookies have slashed the chances of snow falling anywhere in the UK to 1/3.

Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes said: "It looks like those in the North East and Scotland can safely dream of a White Christmas this year, but for the rest of the nation it could be a fairly cloudy and average December day."

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