Met office issues ice warning for Boxing Day

Elias Hubbard
December 25, 2017

A yellow warning has been issued for both regions by the forecaster from Christmas Day evening into Boxing Day morning.

However, the snow still has to be seen by a professional to count.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning as temperatures turn colder on Christmas night.

It is also alerting people in Wales and central England to expect rain and snow from 18:00 GMT on Boxing Day until 11:00 GMT on Wednesday. "It's more likely they could wake up to snowy scenes tomorrow, mainly in the hills".

As much as 4in could land on higher ground. The Met Office has warned of possible road closures and travel disruptionwith a small chance of flooding or power cuts.

The Met Office has told locals to be wary of "widespread" ice and just under 1in of snow lying at lower levels.

For years, Christmas was declared "white" if a single flake of snow was observed by a professional meteorologist falling on the roof of the London Weather Centre.

Bookmakers had put the odds of a white Christmas of between 2/1 at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports and 5/1 in Birmingham, Cardiff and Liverpool airports.

Hawarden in Clywd, northeast Wales, recorded a temperature of 12.5C (54.5F) - a few degrees from the record for the UK's warmest Christmas in 1920, which saw Killerton in Devon record a temperature of 15.6C (60.08F).

Elsewhere across the United Kingdom, it was a mild and, in parts, wet Christmas Day, with the mercury hitting lower double figures.

And while mild, it was still chillier than a year ago when temperatures reached 15C (59F) in a number of places including Hull, east Yorkshire.

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