UK weather: Met Office forecasts 'scrap' of cold and mild air
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The Met Office has spoken out on reports that an “Arctic blast” is set to bring heavy snow to the UK in the weeks after Christmas. Some weather forecasters have predicted that Britain could see its “snowiest January in 12 years” after the USA was battered by a snow “bomb cyclone” on Friday. The extreme weather over the Atlantic led to thousands of flights being cancelled, grounding tens of thousands of travellers at airports around the country.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver, said this would mean a “chance” of snow in the north of the UK.
Mr Oliver said: “As is often the case, the conditions across the Atlantic play an important role in dictating our weather in the UK.
“We won’t see any direct impacts from the event currently occurring across North America.
“Rather, the temperature contrasts that develop across the North Atlantic as a result of this will help strengthen the jet stream, which plays a big role in the weather we get in the UK.”
He added: “The jet stream will help to develop low-pressure systems which are likely to affect the UK between Christmas and New Year.
“These will bring some wet and windy weather at times and the chance of some snow in the north of the UK, as is often the case at this time of year.”
Meanwhile, weather charts published by WXCharts forecast Arctic temperatures and heavy snow in Scotland and the north of England ahead of the New Year.
Charts also show the possibility of snow as far south as the Midlands on Boxing Day.
And after the New Year parts of Scotland could see thermometers dropping to as low as -10 by January 8, as the Arctic blast takes hold, with as much as between 13-17cm of snow forecast to hit.
The rest of the UK is also set to shiver in subzero temperatures and snowy conditions, according to the weather maps.
Northern England is forecast to get up to 17cm of snow in some areas, as winter returns to the UK after a mild Christmas.
Maps on forecaster Netweather show that there is an over 80 percent chance that the snow will arrive by the end of the first week in January.
James Madden from Exacta Weather told GB News that the end of December and the beginning of January could bring the UK some of it “snowiest and coldest” weather in over a decade.
He said: “Temperatures will drop in the run up to Christmas and this could bring the risk of snow to parts of the country, some of which may fall to lower levels.
“The rest of December and January are showing signs of frequent spells of cold wintry weather with below-average temperatures and numerous wintry blasts.
“We could now be looking at a lengthy cold period setting in for a number of weeks and the potential for some of the coldest and snowiest weather since December 2010.”
Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of snow and ice for parts of Scotland for Christmas Day.
The areas involved are Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar and Strathclyde.
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The Met Office wrote: “Frequent blustery snow showers are likely to cause some travel disruption to higher routes.
“Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.
“There is a very small chance of interruptions to power supplies.
“Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”
Scotland is the only place in the UK likely to see a white Christmas.
Temperatures on Christmas Day are forecast to be mild for the time of year.
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