Icelandic freeze on the way with snow forecast for lucky Brits before Christmas

The UK will see wintry weather ahead of Christmas, with snow, wind and rain forecast.

Some parts of England and Wales will be battered by a deep and low pressure system on Wednesday, December 23, bringing heavy downpours.

Whereas snow will mix over Scotland and northern England, mainly settling higher ground, reports BBC weather.

Colder air will follow throughout the night and into Christmas Eve, with winds bringing showers to Scotland, eastern England, west Wales and Cornwall.

The forecast warns that some of these will be wintry but mostly for Scotland and the north east.

Those based in the south or midlands can expect dry and sunny weather – and hopes for a white Christmas is dwindling.

The chances of snow on Christmas Day are looking low for most places, and the day itself warmer than what we've seen throughout December.

BBC weather states: "Rain will move in, not reaching the southeast until later in the day or into the night. Showers will follow over Scotland, which might see the only snow of the day over higher elevations."

However, snow could be back on the cards for Boxing Day.

It adds: "For Boxing Day and December 27, a large low pressure from the northwest could bring strong winds and rain everywhere, some heavy.

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"It will drag colder air across around its northern side, with rain turning to snow over Scotland, even down to quite low levels, on Boxing Day, and then to the hills and mountains of England and Wales on the 27."

Unsettled weather will be around for the final week of the year, as atmospheric patterns shift.

As a frontal system passes across the country, rain and winds are predicted to hit most of the UK, but it won't be cold enough for frost in most places.

WXCHARTS predict the low pressure will be travelling from Iceland, offering cold and freezing air that will lead to snowfall for Scotland and northern parts of the UK.

Temperatures are set to plunge to below freezing for these areas on New Years Eve.

BBC's long range forecast claim high pressure over Scandinavia and western Russia may ease in the new year, leading to more systems passing over the UK towards Norway as they travel over the Atlantic.

This could mean unsettled weather with rain and harsh winds may batter Britain, and colder weather could produce sleet and snow in northern areas throughout January.

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