Published On: Tue, Dec 26th, 2017

GET READY FOR THE SNOW: FOUR INCHES WILL BRING BOXING DAY TRAVEL HELL TO UK

A string of weather warnings are in place for Scotland and a swathe of England with snow and ice expected.

The Midlands, Wales and the south east and south west of England are all likely to see snowfall before the day is out, forecasters say.

Drivers are being told to watch out for ice as plunging temperatures cause trouble on the roads.Disruption is expected to be particularly bad in the Midlands, with train passengers braced for the worst.

With snow already falling in Scotland, other parts of the UK could see similar conditions from around 6pm.

Met Office forecaster, Helen Roberts, said: “We’ve woken up to a lot of fine weather this morning, except for some snow showers in northern Scotland.

Britain had a white Christmas

Britain had a white Christmas

“Later on today there will be snow coming in from the south west and moving across Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia and the south east.

“There will also be some rain so the ground will be quite wet which should prevent snow from sticking too heavily.

“We’re expecting up to 10 centimetres of snow to cover higher ground in Scotland and but further south and in lower-lying areas any settling snow should be fairly thin on the ground.

More snow could be on the way

More snow could be on the way

“Temperatures will be quite mild for this time of year – around 2C to 5C in the north and 5c to 7C in the south.”

Snow is expected to clear tomorrow but coastal areas could be rocked by high winds later in the week.

Britain officially had a white Christmas yesterday, with a sprinkling of snow in Cumbria.

The Met Office did say there was a slim chance of wintry showers on Christmas Day – and Spadeadam in Cumbria and parts of southern Scotland saw rain turn into show late on December 25.

For years, Christmas was declared “white” if a single flake of snow was observed by a professional meteorologist falling on the roof of the London Weather Centre.

The Met Office has now broadened its definition to extend to other parts of the country, although the snow still has to be recorded by a professional.

Yesterday’s high of 12.6C is a few degrees off the record for the warmest Christmas, when 15.6C was recorded at Killerton, Devon, in 1920.

And while mild, it was still chillier than last year when temperatures reached 15C in a number of places including Hull, east Yorkshire.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/896675/UK-now-Boxing-Day-weather-travel-latest-updates-white-Christmas

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