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UK weather: Dreams of a white Christmas could come true in parts of the country

While southern areas of the UK can expect to see cloud and rain this weekend, others may have more picturesque scenes to look forward to.

There’s a chance of some late Christmas Day snow in parts of northern England on higher ground as well as southern Scotland, according to the Met Office.

It’s more likely for snow to develop there in the early part of Boxing Day, when a yellow warning is in place.

The affected areas could see roads and railways hampered by snow or ice, leading to longer travel times, the Met Office said.

Strong winds gusting to 35 to 45 miles per hour are expected in some areas, with some short-term losses of power and other services possible.

In the most elevated areas, there may even be blizzard-like conditions.

North Wales and higher parts of northern England could also see a bit of snow this morning.

A cold weather alert is in place for some northern and central areas of England from 12pm today until Tuesday.

The Met Office’s chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “The Christmas period will be unsettled for much of the UK this year.

“Many will see wet and cloudy conditions as mild air dominates the south and west of the UK.

“This contrasts with the cold air in the northeast, which brings that chance of some snow, most likely over the Pennines and the southern half of Scotland, and perhaps a little more likely into the early part of Boxing Day.

“Added to the mix is a strong easterly wind, especially in northern areas, which will make it feel particularly cold.”

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