Parts of England will wake up to a white Christmas if forecasters’ latest predictions come true.
A large band of snow has appeared on a weather chart’s forecast for Christmas Day, covering a small part of the West Country as well as coastal areas in the North and East of England.
The huge cloud of purple, signifying snow, appears WX Charts and the fringe of it just grazes the UK.
Its weather map, which models data for Europe and North America, predicts the snow band will move in from midnight on December 25 just in time for Christmas morning.
Most of the snow is expected to fall over the sea and in parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but England could also see the white stuff – even in the South West.
A splodge of light purple is showing for part of Devon, just north of Dartmoor, but less than 0.2cm per hour is expected to fall there if at all.
Heavier snow is expected along the North East coast near Newcastle, with the chart also showing a touch of dark purple along the coast in Norfolk.
However, the Met Office’s long range forecast is looking less promising for those hoping for a white Christmas.
Its prediction for between December 23 and January 6 states: “Heading into the Christmas period, widespread settled conditions are likely.
“Temperatures perhaps close to or slightly above average for this time of year, however some colder interludes may bring a risk of frost at times.
“The last week of December and into early January is looking to remain settled, with an increasing chance of frost and fog during clearer spells for Christmas and towards New Year.”
It advises that it can accurately forecast if snow is likely on any given Christmas Day up to five days beforehand.
The last widespread white Christmas in the UK was in 2010, when the most snow on Christmas was ever recorded.
Met Office records state: “It was extremely unusual, as not only was there snow on the ground at 83 per cent of stations (the highest amount ever recorded) but snow or sleet also fell at 19 per cent of stations.
“We also had a white Christmas in 2009, when 13 per cent of stations recorded snow or sleet falling, and 57% per cent reported snow lying on the ground.”
Last year, only four per cent of its stations reported any snow lying on the ground.
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