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UK snow forecast: Arctic weather to ENGULF Britain as charts show heavy snowfall IN DAYS

Britain has already been hit by wintry weather this season, with most snowfall restricted to the north of the country and over higher ground. According to the latest weather charts, parts of the country could be hit by snow at the start of next week. The Netweather charts, which analyses the risk of snow, shows a big risk of snow in some parts of Scotland over higher ground on Monday afternoon with Wales and northern England in line for heavy snow days later.

Apart from Scotland most of the UK looks as if it will avoid snow in the lead up to Christmas, but will be hit by unsettled conditions as an Artic weather front moves in.

WxCharts also appears to show bitterly-cold air moving towards Britain just before Christmas Day.

The Met Office has issued a series of weather warnings in the lead up to Christmas Day, for rain and fog, but more of Britain will miss out on a White Christmas.

A yellow weather warning for fog is in place on Friday evening from 7pm to 11am Saturday across parts of Northern Ireland.

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UK snow forecast: Cold air expected to sweep across the country (Image: GETTY)

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UK snow forecast: Charts show snow hit at the start of next week (Image: NETWEATHER)

The warning reads: “Although not all areas will be affected, fog or freezing fog, dense with visibility less than 100 metres at times, is expected to develop during Friday evening and night.

“Southern parts of Northern Ireland may be the first area to see fog developing.

“Fog patches will then persist well into Saturday morning and some places are likely to hang onto grey and misty conditions for much or all of the day.”

Rain warnings are also in place from the Met Office over the weekend, particularly for the south coast of the country, stretching all the way from the southwest to the southeast.

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UK snow forecast: Bitterly-cold air moving across the country next week before Christmas Day (Image: WXCHARTS)

The rain warning claims the country will be hit by heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday, which could cause localised flooding.

The warning reads: “Further spells of heavy rain and showers are possible during Saturday and into Sunday.

“Whilst amounts of rain are not expected to be particularly large, 10-15 mm and perhaps 20-30 in a few places.

“This falling onto saturated ground makes some flooding possible.”

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UK snow forecast: Chart shows chances of snowfall at the start of next year (Image: NETWEATHER)

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UK snow forecast: Cold air sweeping across the country before Christmas Day (Image: WXCHARTS)

On Friday afternoon there were over 200 flood alerts in place across the country warning of flooding being possible.

There were also 70 flood warnings across the country where bodies said “immediate action is required”.

Road users faced misery on Friday after several major roads were impacted by severe flooding, including parts of the M25 and the M23.

The Met Office has warned the unsettled conditions are likely to continue well into next week.


Lowest temperatures recorded in Britain (Image: NC)

Sunshine and showers for most districts, blustery and heavy at times in northwest

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The outlook from Sunday to Tuesday, reads: “Sunshine and showers for most districts, blustery and heavy at times in northwest.

“Cloud and rain far south at first on Sunday, and from late on Monday until Tuesday morning.”

The Met Office’s long-range outlook from Wednesday 25 December to Friday January 3 warns of an “increased risk of frost and patchy fog overnight”.

It says: “This more settled spell of weather could last till the end of next week, however, it is more likely that there is a return to more unsettled and windier conditions, especially across northern and western parts.

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UK weather warning: Flood alerts in place on Friday (Image: UKGOV)

“Southeastern areas may well have a longer drier spells. Towards the end of the period there may be a return to more settled conditions nationwide but confidence is low at this stage.

“Temperatures should be around normal for the time of year but with some colder spells at times in any settled periods bringing a risk of frost and fog.”

Leading bookmakers have slashed odds on this month to go down as the wettest December on record to evens.

Coral’s John Hill wrote: “The wet weather is causing chaos for those who have travel plans over the next couple of days and given the amount of rain which is forecast to fall, we have been flooded with bets on this month ending as the wettest December on record.”