The Met Office has confirmed that parts of the UK officially enjoyed a white Christmas – and there’s warnings of wider snowfall through Boxing Day.
It was left late in the day, but at 10.20pm the organisation tweeted: “HOT OF THE PRESS – Spadeadam (in Cumbria) has recently reported light snow. Parts of southern Scotland are also seeing rain turning to snow. This has officially made it a white Christmas for some (just in the nick of time!)”
Wintry showers are expected to continue into the early hours of Boxing Day morning, with the possibility of up to 10cm of snow in the highest ground in Scotland.
Those travelling by car have been urged to take extra care through the morning as the Met Office predicts conditions will become icy overnight.
It also issued a warning for rain and snow on Boxing Day for most of England and Wales from 6pm until 11am the next morning.
Again, there could be 10cm of snow in places.
Sky’s Weather Producer Joanna Robinson said: “Snow will accumulate over northern hills overnight, especially the Southern Uplands and Northern Pennines, and perhaps to low levels in parts of Scotland.
“Later, Wales and central England may see snow falling to low levels, with a covering possible in places by Wednesday.”
Forecasters predict that rain moving east from Wales could turn to snow by the early hours of Wednesday.
For it to be declared a white Christmas, the Met Office has to record at least a single flake of snow on the 25th.
Previously, a professional meteorologist had to observe a single flake of snow on the roof of the London Weather Centre but the Met Office has since broadened its criteria to include other parts of the country.