Everything we know about polar plume snow set to batter UK before Christmas

The possibility of Brits enjoying a white Christmas are accentuated by a 'polar plume' set to make its way down from the north just hours before the big day.

Large parts of the country had their first dusting of snow last week before the precipitation gave way to nationwide downpours. With Brits understandably fed up with the wet weather, many are wondering when we can next expect to be blanketed in the white stuff once again.

Unfortunately, those looking forward to throwing snowballs and building snowmen may be waiting a while as the weekend is off to a wet start.

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But hope has come in the form of a Met Office warning about a polar plume making its way down across Scotland on December 23, the day before Christmas Eve.

A plume is snow being carried by the wind away from a peak or ridge into the air. The forecaster's long-range prediction, which runs from December 20 to January 3, says conditions are likely to be "unsettled."

"The chance of a colder spell of weather, with hazard such as snow and ice, does increase later in December and into the New Year period," it said. However, while there is hope yet for snow on December 25, the weather experts said conditions are more likely to remain "mild and wet".

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And maps, published by WXCharts, shows a wave of wintry conditions coming in from the Nordic countries in the week before Christmas. Most of this will be wet weather but there is expected to be snowfall of ten inches on Saturday, December 23 around Inverness and the Scottish Highlands.

Snowfall is also possible on Christmas Eve in Edinburgh and Newcastle.

GB News reported that the last widespread White Christmas came in 2010, when there was snow at 83 percent of stations in the UK, the highest ever amount recorded.

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