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Odds on Brits enjoying an historic 'White Christmas' this year are tumbling as forecasters join forces to predict snowfall this Saturday.
Weather mapping data from independent meteorological organisation WXcharts shows a wave of heavy snow moving across Northern Ireland, Scotland and the north of England on December 25.
The snow sweeping in from the Atlantic will grow in intensity as the big day progresses, and 2cm an hour could fall in some regions.
Southern areas will meanwhile experience a wetter Christmas Day — but look set to see flakes falling instead on Boxing Day, with a huge plume progressing northwards from the Channel coast of England from the early hours of the morning.
The Met Office is also raising hopes for this year to be one for the record books.
Meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth from the agency said: “We could see some snow showers over the hills in northern parts of the UK – it’s probably the most likely place to see any snow.
“You couldn’t rule out some sleety snow further south than that, but there’s a really big question mark on it.”
We could see that colder weather push further south, so more areas seeing that colder, clearer weather by Christmas Day”.
Jim Dale of British Weather Services also told The Metro yesterday that "polar air from Scandinavia" will start to sweep the UK from Christmas eve, which will collide with a "low-pressure system" from the south to bring snow.
He even warned that this could spiral into another dangerous storm to follow Arwen and Barra earlier in the month, and plunge the nation into "ice and blizzards" for the last few days of 2021.
With temperatures also predicted to plummet to -10C in some parts of the UK, bookies have now made Edinburgh and Newcastle odds-on to wake up to a idyllic wintry scene on Saturday.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "We've drastically slashed odds on a White Christmas this morning with the latest forecasts suggesting plenty of cities will see snow on Saturday."
In the meantime, the Met Office says the rest of the week is set to be "unsettled" with rain affecting most areas.
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