Britain to be battered by snowbomb as six storms loom in huge winter freeze

The UK is to be battered by up to six more storms and a glut of snow by the end of the month, predictions suggest.

Forecasters say that up to December 26, the weather in Britain will be "settled" with "slightly above average" temperatures.

But as December comes to an end, charts show a wet and windy front of weather will roll in from the south-west and a "snowbomb" could batter the UK.

From December 27 to January 2,’s forecast holds that there is "potential for some snowfall".

Their forecast read: "Confidence is lower for this period but there is a greater chance of colder weather heading in from the east at some point during this period as highest pressure transfers further north, most likely towards Scandinavia.

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"So there is potential for some snowfalls, but not a certainty, as much depends on the specifics of the wind direction and the extent of cold air masses over the near continent."

Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Services, also told The Sun a "perfect recipe" of warm North Sea waters and a La Nina cooling of the Pacific after a placid autumn will be behind the unsettled weather.

Mr Dale told the outlet: "We are expecting one more major storm this month which will set the trend for coming months.

"We expect five to six storms to hit through the winter period which could be severe enough to warrant naming."

Maps from WXCharts show that after Boxing Day, conditions will begin to worsen in the UK, with midnight December 27 seeing up to 3mm of rain an hour striking the southwest.

By 6pm, charts predict that the rain will soak much of Ireland, along with the west coast of Wales and Cornwall.

However, in the northwest of England, up to 1cm of snow will fall an hour, with more falling overnight.

By midnight December 28, up to 2cm of snow an hour is expected to have fallen across much of the northwest and south of Scotland, as well as in Southampton and Cardiff.

Despite predictions for a snowy end to the year, forecasters have poured cold water on hopes of a White Christmas.

The Met Office’s long-range forecasts have also damped hopes for snow on Christmas Day.

"Heading into the Christmas period, settled conditions are likely," it said.

"Temperatures perhaps close to or slightly above average for this time of year, however, some colder interludes may bring a risk of frost at times.

"The last week of December and into early January is looking to remain settled, with an increasing chance of frost and fog during clearer spells for Christmas and towards New Year."

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