UK weather – Map shows parts of UK that will see White Christmas as Brits wake to four inches of snow on Christmas Day

THOUSANDS of Brits dreaming of a White Christmas have seen their wish come true as up to four inches of snow has fallen in places.

Many families have woken up to an extra sprinkle of festive magic this morning with even more snow due on Boxing Day and beyond.

According to forecaster WXCharts, parts of Scotland have been blanketed in up to four inches of snow this morning.

Meanwhile, parts of northern England including the Lake District have seen a centimetre or two of the white stuff.

According to the Met Office, many of us will have to do without snow today as rain showers – some heavy – are expected across southern areas of England and Wales.

The agency has forecast mild conditions for these areas, with highs of 11C in the south-west.

This morning, festive swimmers braved chilly temperatures in Brighton, Birmingham Edinburgh and Suffolk to enjoy a Christmas Day dip this morning

Meanwhile, it's due to be cold and windy across Northern Ireland towards East Anglia.

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Tonight, there is set to be sleet and snow in northern areas, with blizzards likely over hills.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for both today and tomorrow.

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Today, the agency has warned of heavy rain in parts of Northern Ireland which could lead to travel disruption.

And tomorrow, a yellow weather forecast has been slapped on parts of northern England and Scotland for snow with winds of up to 45mph in places.

The Met Office has said that strong gusts on Boxing Day could bring challenging travel conditions across upland areas.

There has also been a warning of blizzard-like conditions above 300-400 metre elevation.

Temperatures are forecast to plunge as low as a freezing -2C in parts of the north and east of England between Christmas Day and December 28.

But weather in the UK will be slightly warmer than average for this time of year with parts of the south enjoying mild temperatures between 7C and 9C.


Frank Saunders, a chief meteorologist, said: "The Christmas period will be unsettled for much of the UK this year.

"Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates the south and west.

"This contrasts with the cold air in the northeast, which brings the chance of some snow, most likely over the Pennines and the southern half of Scotland, and is perhaps a little more likely into the early part of Boxing Day.

"Added to the mix is a strong easterly wind, especially in northern areas, which will make it feel particularly cold.”

The Met Office also warned Brits of "tricky" driving conditions thanks to "dense fog", strong winds and heavy rain.

Anyone travelling cross-country for festive get-togethers is urged to take extra care on the roads.

Boxing Day will be "bitingly" cold as strong winds set in – despite highs of 6C in Scotland, 7C in Northern Ireland, 9C in Wales and 11C in England.

And weather maps show yet more snow is on the way from December 27, meaning a truly wintry festive period.

Half an inch will fall on Monday, rising to three on December 29 and 2.5 through to New Year's Eve, according to WXCharts.

It will continue until January 2 when warmer air will turn snowfall into rain.

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