Britain is forecast up to 25 days’ more snow and ice chaos this winter – with -12C freezes in the New Year after a balmy Christmas for some.
Chills are due from early next month, with a bitter February threatening.
Up to 25 more days of cold weather disruption were forecast in the North, with up to 15 days in the South, said The Weather Company, the world’s biggest commercial forecaster.
And the Met Office forecasts shivers arriving in January after a waft of warm air brings 15C highs up to New Year’s Eve.
Cold air blowing to Britain was shown on a dramatic weather map showing -12C lows are due.
Travel bosses are braced for breakdown and accident chaos amid snow and icy roads.
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “The number of days with snow and ice disruption is forecast to be higher this winter than the average over the past 10 years.
“Northern England and Scotland are forecast 20 to 25 more days with snow and ice disruption this winter, with 10 to 15 more days with impacts in the South.
“Later in January has potential for cold conditions, with a longer cold spell possible in February, and -12C is likely.
“Impacts, especially on travel, are expected.”
A Met Office forecaster said: “Over the weekend, snow is likely on the boundary between colder in the North before very mild conditions spread to all areas.
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“But it becomes colder than average in January. Snow is possible in the West, followed by the increased likelihood of winds bringing cold temperatures more widely, and the risk of wintry showers in the East.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “January has a greater chance of colder spells than normal, with an increased chance of cold air being pushed towards the UK.”
ADD: People northern England and Scotland wok up to a white Christmas this morning – after hopes of widespread snowfall for Britain were dashed by a band of rain across the rest of the country.
The Met Office confirmed that there had been snowfall, with most coming in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire and Strathallan, Perthshire with more forecast for later in the day in the southern Highlands.
Snow was also fell in Snowdonia, North Wales, and the Pennines.
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