Forecasters warn of Boxing Day snow

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Published: Thursday 25th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A cold snap is set to grip Britain, with forecasters warning of snow on Boxing Day followed by freezing temperatures in the lead-up to New Year.

The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert for parts of England, saying there is an 80% probability of conditions that could “increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services”.

Severe weather warnings are in place for snow from tomorrow afternoon, threatening disruption on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Most Britons are unlikely to see a white Christmas today, but swathes of the country could be blanketed by wintry showers from tomorrow afternoon.

The Met Office said there is some uncertainty about which regions will see snow, but where it does fall there could be accumulations of between 2cm (0.8in) and 4cm (1.6in) and in excess of 10cm in areas of higher ground.

Rain and sleet are also expected to fall across parts of Northern Ireland, England and Wales before clearing during the evening and overnight into Saturday.

Millions are expected to hit the roads to visit relatives or to take advantage of Boxing Day sales but they were warned to keep up to date with forecasts.

The Met Office said: “The public should be aware of the potential for disruption from snow. Please watch for updates to this warning. Especially if travelling.”

Conditions should become more settled as the weekend proceeds, but the mercury is likely to plunge below freezing overnight in much of the country next week.

The Met Office issued a cold weather alert this morning, saying there is an 80% probability of “severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow” between 3pm on Friday and midnight on Wednesday in parts of England.

It said: “This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”

The warning was at the yellow level, indicating a need for “alert and readiness”.

Krista Mitchell, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “This year as a whole has been very mild, so this could be the coldest spell that we’ve had.

“As we go towards Monday and Tuesday, we will see overnight temperatures really drop, with widespread frost and most places dropping below freezing.”

Published: Thursday 25th December 2014 by The News Editor

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