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It’s officially a White Christmas after early snowfalls in the UK

Written by on 25 December 2020

Early snowfall in East Yorkshire and Suffolk has made 2020 a White Christmas for parts of the UK.

The Met Office reported snow on the ground at 5am on Christmas Day in Leconfield, East Yorkshire and Wattisham in Suffolk.

It tweeted: “Morning everyone, we’ve just had official confirmation that this #Christmas is a white one!

“Leconfield in Humberside reported #snow falling at 5am, and Wattisham in Suffolk also reported recent snow at this time. Further updates will be issued as they become available.”

There was also snow in northeast England and over the mountains of the Scottish Highlands on Christmas Eve.

Forecasters say Christmas Day is likely to be clear and dry for most, but showers in eastern parts of England have the potential to bring sleet or snow this morning.

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This video of snow in Thorngumbald, East Yorkshire was filmed overnight

It comes amid widespread flooding around the country with people rescued from vehicles and evacuated from their homes following a period of heavy rain.

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The arrival of Storm Bella on Boxing Day will bring further downpours and winds of up to 80mph in exposed coastal locations, the Met Office said.

Snow in Carrbridge, Cairngorms National Park in Scotland on 24 December
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Snow in Carrbridge, Cairngorms National Park in Scotland on 24 December

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said late on Thursday: “Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day is going to be very cold, with harsh widespread frost first thing Christmas morning.

“So it could be a ‘white’ Christmas in as much as lots of people are going to wake up to a frost.

There was a light covering of snow on Tynemouth Beach on the North East coast on Christmas Eve
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There was a light covering of snow on Tynemouth Beach on the North East coast on Christmas Eve

“They’ll be very light, scattered, not everywhere will see them by any means, and for most areas it’s going to be a pretty dry day, just cold, but there is a chance we could see a few showers of snow across eastern parts of England, particularly early on Christmas Day.”

The Met Office added that conditions across the UK would turn increasingly unsettled through to 27 December, with strong winds and heavy rain moving in from the north.