The weather prospects for Christmas day are still uncertain, but there is a growing chance that the current cold spell will persist across much of the country, bringing a realistic chance of a White Christmas for some. Northern and eastern parts of Britain currently look to have the best chance of seeing snow on Christmas day. Milder air will be trying to push in from the south west in the run up to Christmas, but if it stalls central, and possibly southern areas will also have an increased chance of snow.
Brian Gaze for TheWeatherOutlook said, "The current cold spell which has brought heavy snow to parts of the country will continue during the next few days. Further falls of snow are expected, and these could be more widespread during the weekend as a band of sleet and snow pushes down from the north. The prospects for Christmas day are still uncertain, but it does look as though the cold weather may hang on, bringing a chance of snow in places."
After a very mild autumn the weather has turned much colder during December, and temperatures for the month as a whole may well fall below the long term average. The prospects for January and February are very uncertain, but TheWeatherOutlook's long range winter forecast issued at the beginning of December suggested the UK would have a slightly colder than average winter overall.
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Issued 16:30 GMT, 18/12/2009
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