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A fairytale 'White Christmas' looks set to be followed by an icy blast from the North Pole that could last until New Year's Day, according to forecasters.
New data from WXCharts says temperatures may plunge as low as -6C on Christmas Day, while a blanketing of snow is anticipated on higher ground in the north of the UK.
The largest snowfall is expected in north west Scotland on Christmas Day morning, where families could wake up to 16cm (6.2 inches) on the ground.
Elsewhere on Saturday the mercury is likely to sit below freezing across much of England and Wales, with rain for some.
Harsher wintry weather will then strike with a vengeance on Boxing Day, with charts showing a 70 percent risk of snow throughout Wales and western parts of England.
Met Office's Chris Bulmer has also revealed that snow in the days around Christmas is a strong possibility because of two clashing weather patterns.
The Deputy Chief Meteorologist commented: “The Christmas period will be a fairly unsettled spell across the UK this year.
"Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates over the south and west of the UK.
"Where this mild air meets colder air trying to sink south there is a chance of some Christmas snow, this looking most likely over the Pennines, however exactly where this boundary will be is still uncertain.
"In the far north cold conditions and clearer skies will bring a more wintry feel. For many areas, a brisk easterly wind will bring a notable wind chill”
The Met Office outlook for today (23 December) says that conditions will be "brighter for a time" in southern areas while rain continues to batter many other parts of the UK.
According to the Met Office, the definition of a White Christmas is when snow is observed falling within the 24 hours of December 25 anywhere in the UK.
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