If you’re disappointed that this Christmas wasn’t a white one, then don’t fret as there could be 10 inches of snow falling in mid-January after a possible record high temperature for New Year’s Eve.
Parts of the UK have had a blanket of snow this year with stormy weather in early December but it has been an unseasonably warm month overall with temperatures in the mid-teens this week.
But winter isn’t over just yet as there’s another Arctic blast set to hit in January, bringing freezing temperatures and snow.
Maps from WXCharts show heavy snow is predicted for January 12 with up to 10 inches for the north of England including Newcastle and the North East, while five inches could land in Scotland.
The charts show three inches for Manchester while the Wales and Midlands can expect a light covering.
Similar snowfalls are expected over the following days in mid-January while temperatures will start to drop early in the month with the mercury close to zero for England and as low as -5C in the Scottish Highlands.
Before that though the UK could see the mildest New Year’s Eve on record, with sunshine in some areas, reports the Mirror.
Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said there was a ‘good chance’ of New Year’s Eve being the mildest ever.
“In the south of the UK the weather should be dry for tomorrow so people should be able to enjoy dry weather with some bright spells around,” she said.
“For New Year’s Day, another band of rain is pushing in from the west so the further east you are the drier your day will be with some bright spells.”
On New Year’s Eve, the UK can expect to see early rain across central, eastern and southern England which will clear eastwards to leave a brighter and drier day.
It is expected to be ‘exceptionally mild’ with temperatures up to 14-15C, and a possible high of 16C, Ms Ayers said.
For New Year’s Eve night, bands of rain will continue to spread north-eastwards, mainly affecting Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England.
It may have been mild but it has also been gloomy with the UK having seen less than 27 hours of sunshine across the past 30 days – 38 per cent less than the national average for this time of year, according to the Met Office.
The figure places this month in the running to become one of the top 10 dreariest Decembers on record, Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said.
Ms Ayers said: “It has been quite mild and cloudy through December and a reason for this is we have been drawing south-westerly winds from the Atlantic bringing with it a lot of moisture which produces a lot of cloud, hence the duller and milder weather.
But climate change could also be playing a role and Mr Snell added: “The globe is warming up so we would expect our winters to be milder than they were.”
North West England forecast for the next 5 days
Remaining generally cloudy with a few clear spells developing. Rain quickly pushing eastwards around midnight. Winds easing through the evening though picking up again in the early hours. Staying mild. Minimum temperature 9C.
A dry start to New Year’s Day but cloud quickly gathering from the west with outbreaks of rain pushing east, sunny spells following. Maximum temperature 13C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Remaining windy with further showers on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. A band of rain likely to edge south on Tuesday introducing colder conditions, showers turning wintry over hills later.