UK weather: Snow WILL fall across Britain on Christmas Day as warnings issued for ice and -2C chill

A WHITE Christmas is expected for many across Britain tomorrow as the Met Office issues warnings for ice and a -2C chill.

The Pennines and Snowdonia will have a festive flurry on Christmas Day with more snow expected in the early hours on Boxing Day for the north of England.

Starting tomorrow a band of rain coming from the southwest will move north meeting colder air and will turn rain into snow.

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.

Two yellow snow warnings has been issued for some upland areas starting from midnight Sunday to midday.

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.

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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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