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Met Office breaks silence on snow falling this month and Christmas Day

The Met Office has reacted to speculation that snow could be on its way to the UK soon with wintry showers in their long range forecasts.

Temperatures are set to plummet going into this weekend after some recent mild weather and the forecaster has warned that overnight frosts are likely. Motorists are warned they may have to adjust to defrosting their cars before works as overnight temperatures are set to dip to -2C for some.

The Met Office’s Deputy Chief Forecaster Helen Caughey has however talked down the chance of widespread snow this week following frenzied speculation. She said the chilly turn will likely only see flakes fall over the hills and mountains in the far north of Scotland, reports The Mirror.

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In a new weather blog, she said: “Already there is a lot of media speculation about the prospects for snow later this week and for a white Christmas. Whilst it is too early to give any indications for Christmas, some colder weather is likely for the end of the week, and into the weekend.

“So, what do we know. There is a reasonably strong signal for lower temperatures across the UK by the weekend. But that isn’t guaranteed, and those lower temperatures don’t mean widespread snow.

“There is a 70 per cent chance that areas as far south as southern England could experience overnight frosts and a general reduction in temperature. However, there is still a 30 per cent chance that the colder conditions won’t get that far south. Any falling snow is likely to be confined to the far northeast, and hills and mountains of Scotland.”

The Met Office outlook for November 25 to December 4 said: “Wintry showers, and strong winds are likely into northern and eastern areas, with the risk of overnight frosts increasing through the weekend. Into next week, an east-west split in weather conditions is most likely.

“The west will have more chance of seeing, milder conditions; cloud, with patchy rain and drizzle, while further east, colder, drier and brighter conditions with blustery wintry showers will likely persist.”

Looking ahead from December 11 to Christmas, the Met Office said: “Temperatures will most likely be near or a little above average for the period as a whole, although some colder interludes are possible. As is normal in December, occasional frost and wintry showers are likely at times.”

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