What’s the chances of a white Christmas this year ?

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North West covered with snow on 5th jan 2010

Disappointingly we are more likely to see snow between January and March than in December say the Met Office.

Climate change has also brought higher average temperatures which reduces the chances of a white Christmas.

Apparently we can also expect more than half of all Christmas Days to be a ‘White Christmas’ as 38 times in the last 54 years snow has fallen on Christmas Day.

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Widespread snow lying on the ground on Christmas Day is much rarer. There has only been a widespread covering of snow on the ground four times in the last 51 years.

The last time there was a widespread white christmas was in 2010, when there was snow on the ground at 83% of stations, which was the highest amount ever recorded.

The Met Office defines a White Christmas as ‘a single snowflake falling during the 24 hours of Christmas Day’ at a specified location. They also analyse the data from observing stations around the UK to provide a complete picture of where snow has fallen or was lying on Christmas Day.

The Met Office can also accurately forecast if snow is likely on any given Christmas Day up to five days beforehand, so it’s probably best waiting until Christmas is a bit nearer!

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