Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Snow and frigid temperatures expected leading up to Christmas

Snow and frigid temperatures expected leading up to Christmas

A spokesperson for the Met Office clarified that the United Kingdom will be "entering a weekend of more unsettled weather which could bring wind and rain, and which may lead to a storm".

Lows will stay above freezing overnight. While that's certainly cooler than the mid to upper 50s we enjoyed today, it's not almost as cold as the stuff we shivered to most of last week.

Holiday snow has been sparse in recent years. The models can change and that would impact what we see. By December 26th, or the day after Christmas next Tuesday, the front will no doubt be through the area and much colder air will begin to settle in for a while. That cold front will be key to our forecast later in the weekend and especially on Christmas Day, specifically where that front decides to set up shop. Below is what the model shows for temperatures in the afternoon on Christmas eve.

"In what can only be described as typical British weather, the rise in temperature in the final run-up to the big day means the odds have now been slashed into just 3-1 from 10-1 that Christmas Day 2017 enters the record books as the warmest ever".

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The mild temperatures are expected to last throughout the Christmas days, with afternoon temperatures between 6 and 9 degrees.

Exacta Weather's James Madden said: "A White Christmas will be dependant upon the exact arrival of colder weather but some places could still see that single flake of snow during the 24 hours of Christmas Day", he said. Our medium range models continue to "flip-flop" with snow snow for the upcoming holiday weekend.

By contrast, the mountain resort of Davos, at 1,600m, has a white Christmas almost all the time. The next chance will come on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but confidence in snowfall, let alone accumulation, remains low. Normal highs for Brainerd start in the upper 20s in early December and cool to the low 20s by mid-January, the National Weather Service reported, adding normal lows start in the mid-teens above zero in early December and cool to near zero by mid January.

For Christmas Eve, NWS foresees a 40 percent chance of showers, with a high near 45.

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