BRITS could be hit by a "snowbomb" in just a few days as the areas set be covered in the white stuff on Christmas Day are revealed.
The UK will be plunged into freezing temperatures in the run up to New Year,with a White Christmas predicted for many as Storm Corrie is set to blanket the country from December 27.
But the Met Office said snow could be possible for some parts of Britain on December 25, while much of the country is set to see very cold but bright weather.
Meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said the snow flurries could arrive earlier than December 27 – and there's still a good chance some Brits will see snow on Saturday.
The white stuff could fall in parts of the UK as early as Thursday as temperatures plunge this week, according to one prediction.
Maps from WXCharts show snow and rain sweeping into Scotland on December 23.
The band of snow gradually moves south, blanketing parts of the north of England, and much of the Midlands and north Wales on Christmas Day, according to the maps.
Those living in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Stoke, Liverpool, Birmingham, and parts of north Wales could see the white stuff falling by 6pm on the big day.
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Bookmaker Coral said that odds for a White Christmas have been slashed for all major UK cities – with Edinburgh topping the betting for the most likely to see snow and Newcastle just behind.
Ms Shuttleworth said: “We could see some snow showers over the hills in northern parts of the UK – it’s probably the most likely place to see any snow.
"You couldn’t rule out some sleety snow further south than that, but there’s a really big question mark on it."
The Met Office defines a white Christmas as one snowflake falling within the 24 hours of December 25 anywhere in the UK.
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Meteorologist James Madden, from Exacta Weather, told the Express: "Snow could arrive as early as Christmas Eve in parts of the south.
"Further snow is likely during the latter part of Christmas Day and on Boxing Day."
He added: "Temperatures could also dip as low as -10C in the coldest and iciest areas over the festive period."
Jim Dale, of British Weather Services, added: "A White Christmas is definitely on.
“It will get colder through next week as high pressure breaks down and a system coming in on Christmas Eve clashes with cold conditions and brings snow.
"There is a chance of snow any time in any place."
The heaviest of the snow is expected to arrive from next Monday as Storm Carrie sweeps into the UK.
The Corrie could move in and drop a "snowbomb", Netweather.tv reports.
Weather charts suggest snow will fall in the North West on December 27, with 1cm expected in just one hour.
By December 28 – after continuous overnight blizzards – 2cm of snow per hour will come down across swathes of the North West, the south of Scotland, Southampton and Cardiff.
The white stuff could even hit London and the south of England on December 28, according to one prediction.
It will be bitterly cold across the UK this week with temperatures plummeting to zero.
By Tuesday night, the temperatures will drop to a chilly 1C for most, with slightly warmer weather in the south.
In Scotland, the mercury is expected to dip below zero, reaching -1 in Loch Rannoch – and it could dive to -5C in some parts on Christmas Day.
On the forecast for the week ahead, the Met Office said Sunday's foggy weather will clear for a cloudy but brighter Monday.
Skies will clear into Tuesday and after a frosty start, it will be bright and sunny – and is "likely to be the best day of the week".
But Wednesday will bring increasingly unsettled weather.
It comes after Brits were treated to an unseasonable spell of warm weather last week.
The UK was hotter than Madrid last Thursday, as a 13C winter warmer swept in after torrential rain and gale force winds over the weekend.
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