December may be swept up in snow and freezing fog as meteorologists warn that a bitter cold front is heading from Greenland.
The cold snap may see temperatures plummet to sub-zero lows of -3 degrees leading up to Christmas on December 22 and Christmas Eve.
Tonight, western Scotland is expected to endure -1C with most of England barely hovering above the freezing line at 1C.
The latest snow models, according to WXCHARTS, show central Scotland is likely to be hit with a 50 to 70% chance of snow this week, writes the Express.
The weather report also predicts that Scotland could see 17 straight days of the white stuff leading right up to the big day itself.
Jim Dale, from British Weather Services, warned the big freeze could linger until next Febrary.
He told the paper: ""I think it will be cold this Christmas, which will people keep on their toes.
"It could continue to stay cold until February."
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He added that the freezing temperatures could result in snow covering northern parts of the country over the next few weeks.
He said: "It is quite magical to see snow is not off the agenda this year. Britain is a big place so widespread snow is unlikely.
"Northern cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh in Scotland have the most chance of snow until Christmas, but not southern areas like London.
"In order for widespread snow to hit, we will need to get northerly flows from the Arctic in our direction, but we usually get Atlantic and Siberian flows."
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The adverse weather may stick around until the New Year, according to the Met Office's long-range forecast between December 21 and January 4.
It said: "Confidence is very low during this period, with forecast signals weak and rather mixed.
"On balance, most likely to remain changeable with periods of more settled and unsettled weather both likely. Outbreaks of rain and windy conditions are likely at times, particularly in the east and south, with wintry showers possible on high ground and maybe to lower levels at times.
"The west and northwest is most likely to see drier weather and sunshine, though this may extend to other parts at times. This will bring potential for fog, frost and very cold nights.
"Temperatures are likely to be at or below average for this time of year, though some milder interludes are possible. There is a possibility that conditions may become wetter and milder at the start of January."
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