Snow blankets parts of Britain on Boxing Day

Snow blankets parts of Britain on Boxing Day as Met Office issues yellow weather warning overnight with more travel chaos ahead

  • The Scottish Highlands saw much of the snow flurries this weekend 
  • Met Office has now extended snow and ice warning for Highlands and Islands
  • Wind and rain in the west will move east as Tuesday morning progresses

It was a White Christmas for some this Boxing Day with some areas of the country experiencing snowfall. 

The Scottish Highlands saw much of the snow flurries after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning from 9pm on Christmas Day in Badenoch and Strathspey.

The forecaster has now extended the snow and ice warning to cover most of the Highlands and Islands.

The Met Office has also issued an ice warning across the West coast of Scotland down to Manchester until 10am tomorrow. 

Walkers out on boxing day on one of the Eildon Hills near Melrose in the Scottish borders, Scotland

It has warned that ‘icy patches’ on untreated areas could lead to a ‘greater chance’ of injuries and accidents. Britons could also see travel disruptions.

The alerts come after the agency announced it recorded a white Christmas yesterday after snow fell in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It was technically a White Christmas this year as five weather stations in the UK recorded sleet or snow today. 

Despite most of the country having wet weather, the Met Office recorded snowfall in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, although most of the country did not have snow. 

The ice warning was set from 6pm on Monday December 26 and will last until 10pm on Tuesday, with travel disruption possible.

Wintry showers are forecast to lead to patchy ice on Monday night, followed by snow on Tuesday, mainly on higher routes.

Wind and rain in the west will move east as Tuesday morning progresses, falling as snow over parts of the country.

The snow is forecast to fall in higher parts of Scotland, with some places seeing up to 10cm (just under 4in).

Snow in Leadhills village in South Lanarkshire today

The Met Office said: ‘Wintry showers will continue through this evening, gradually fading overnight into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

‘Accumulating snow will be focused across Highland and Grampian overnight with a further 1-4 cm likely in places above around 150 metres, although patchy snow could accumulate at low levels, especially in the far north.’

Traffic Scotland has confirmed that gritters are out on the road and that ice and snow is already on several major roads, especially on the A82 and A87 in Invergarry, and has asked people to ‘plan ahead’.

Routes on the Scottish Borders have also been affected by black ice and snow on the A68 at Carter Bar and the A7 around Selkirk and Mosspaul.

Meanwhile, Boxing Day revellers enjoyed a dip in the sea on Britain’s shores.

Braving the cold, participants wearing Father Christmas hats and bikinis plunged into chilly waters across the UK, with events in England, Wales and Scotland.

The was a big turn out and big waves at the annual boxing day swim in Ventonor on the Isle of Wight today while others strolled along Longsands Beach in Tynemouth in the North East of England.

Boxing Day revellers enjoyed a dip in the sea on Britain’s shores. Pictured: Ventonor on the Isle of Wight today

Families strolled along Longsands Beach in Tynemouth in the North East of England (pictured)

It was technically a White Christmas this year as five weather stations in the UK recorded sleet or snow. 

Despite most of the country having wet weather, the Met Office recorded snowfall in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, although most of the country did not have snow.


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