UK 'could be preparing for snow this weekend' as bookies slash odds of White Christmas

Snow has already hit the Scottish Highlands this year…

It’s not even December, but the south of England could be transformed into a snowy winter wonderland this weekend, with the possibility of snow on Friday and Saturday.

Northern Scotland is preparing for freezing conditions and snow tonight and Thursday, before strong winds are expected to push the cold air into the South.

Snow is expected in Scotland before heading south (Picture: PA)

Despite an initial forecast of rain, it is predicted that snowfall could occur late on Friday before continuing into the weekend.

According to the Met Office, Scotland is expected to experience travel disruption when snow arrives in the early hours of Thursday.

A yellow severe weather warning of snow has been issued for northern Scotland, which is valid from midnight until 1pm on Thursday.

It warns that some roads and railways are likely to be affected, with possible longer journey times for road, bus and train services.

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‘There’s certainly colder air, certainly for Scotland and possibly Northern England’, a Met Office forecaster told Yahoo News.

‘There’s a a chance that light rain in Northern England could arrive as snow. There is also a snow warning in Scotland for tomorrow where they may see 20cm at higher levels.’

The Met Office also explained that the UK is set to experience polar maritime air, which could see daytime temperatures reaching as low as 5/6 degrees in Northern England over the weekend.

There is also the chance of minor flooding caused by heavy rain in North Wales, northern England and southern Scotland.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued flood alerts for Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.

South of the border there are seven flood warnings in force, most issued in north west England, and 19 flood alerts. A yellow warning for rain was also in place for parts of Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

For the rest of England, strong winds are expected as they move east across England and Wales, before easing early on Thursday.

The prediction of snow comes as bookies slash the odds on the likelihood of a white Christmas this year, with some offering odds of 4-5 on the possibility of snow falling anywhere in the UK on December 25.

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