UK weather maps show -3C deep freeze and 11cm of snow to follow Christmas Day

The UK faces a deep freeze and significant snow in the days between Christmas and New Year, according to advanced weather maps

Although the white stuff is only expected to come down over elevated regions in the north of the country on the most festive day of the year, flurries thereafter look to be more widespread.

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said earlier this week: "Some potential weather developments are still in the mix that could easily result in some potentially widespread wintry weather and snow to lower levels post Christmas and prior to January 1."

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Advanced weather modelling maps from WX Charts now show conditions will take an icy plunge from next Wednesday (December 27). Temperatures could drop as low as -3C overnight in Scotland and -1C in the north of England, barely keeping above 0C elsewhere. Only along the south coast do minimum possible temperature readings sit as high as 4C.

Snow is expected in the UK from the middle of next week, with WX Charts' snow depth maps showing some 11cm could settle on the ground in the south of Scotland by Thursday (December 28). Parts of the north of England could see 9cm. The snow is expected to cover nearly half of the country, reaching as far south as the Midlands where 1cm could settle.

The Met Office has also warned that snow could be on the cards between Christmas and the New Year. The national weather agency said: "After a probably brief drier and colder interlude for many on Boxing Day, a resumption of the broadly unsettled conditions looks most likely, with further showers or longer spells of rain for many areas.

"It will probably become a little milder again, at least at times, in the south, with the greater chance of colder interludes further north, where some snow is possible, especially over higher ground."

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