‘Technical White Christmas’ as five UK weather stations record snow or sleet | UK weather | Daily News Byte


The UK had a “technical” White Christmas this year as the Met Office recorded snow in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, although most of the country saw no snow.

The forecaster reported either sleet or snow at five of its weather stations across the UK on 25 December, with Edinburgh one of three in Scotland and another two in Northern Ireland.

Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said: “Officially it was a white Christmas but, of course, a lot of people think of that perfect cold-snow Christmas card scenario and in reality we didn’t see any snow settling at low levels yesterday.

“What we define as a white Christmas is just a few snowflakes falling, even if it’s mixed with rain, so it’s technically a white Christmas, but, in most places, especially in England and Wales, it was very mild.”

A resident clears snow from a footpath in Carlops, in the Scottish Borders
A resident clears snow from a footpath in Carlops, in the Scottish Borders. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

More widespread snow fell on Boxing Day, and a yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for northern parts of the UK from 6pm on Monday.

“Snow has fallen on the ground across Cumbria quite widely in Scotland this morning,” Morgan said. “If the cold air had arrived a bit earlier it would have been a white Christmas, but it’s certainly a white Boxing Day for some of us.”

Snow and high winds could lead to blizzard conditions in some Scottish mountains on Monday for those planning a Boxing Day walk, forecasters warned.

A snow plow goes through Karlops
Snow plows drive through Karlops on Monday. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

On Christmas Day, the Met Office recorded snow at Gogarbank Weather Station in Edinburgh, Loch Glascarnock in Ross and Cromarty and Altonharra in Sutherland in Scotland.

Across the Irish Sea, snow fell at Glenane, County Armagh and Lough Fay in County Derry.

“Most of the day was too mild for snow and rain to rain, but in the evening it got colder and we started to see that rain turn to sleet and then snow,” Morgan said.

Last Christmas 6% of Met Office stations recorded snowfall, but only 1% saw snow on the ground. In 2017, 11% of sites reported snow.

The Met Office said the last Christmas Day when most people can remember waking up to snow on the ground was in 2010.

On Christmas Day, the Met Office recorded a high of 12.7C (54.86F) in Chertsey, Surrey, while Loch Glascarnoch recorded a low of 2.7C (36.86F).


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