You can’t have failed to have noticed that it’s a bit nippy out there – and there are warnings coming over from the Met Office that we could be in for a blast of winter over the next few days. But will the Thames Valley be in for a white Christmas?
Advance weather forecasters are already making predictions and posting charts on Twitter using the #uksnow hashtag and crossing fingers – while also looking ahead to this weekend and two weather warnings in place.
The Met Office has posted a warning that severe gales will sweep across the country during Thursday nighttime and Friday daytime. It could lead to snow – but it is thought to be very unlikely in the South, which will receive the tailend of the icy blast.
The Met Office’s chief forecaster noted on the weather warning: “Gales, or severe gales are likely to develop, with gusts to 50-60 mph quite widely in the warning area.
“A period of heavy rain may also make for tricky driving conditions at times, this perhaps turning to snow over northern hills later.”
Piers Corbyn, managing director of advance forecasters Weather Action, thinks that the cold weather will continue where deep snow will fall across the country, giving a harsh winter not seen for five years.
In a blog post he noted: “It will be mostly cold and snowy until just before Christmas and there are signs of some more extreme conditions after December, although there are huge variables on these models.”
Snow is already falling in Scotland and Northern England – but will it be a white Christmas?
The Met Office thinks that the UK will experience cloudy weather with a chance of rain. Some of these showers could turn wintry … but they don’t think it’ll be that cold.
MetCheckUK.com posted an early forecast on Twitter that shows there could be a white Christmas for much of the country – from Birmingham upwards.
— Metcheck.com (@MetcheckUK) December 9, 2014
So at the moment, it looks like it’ll be a green, grey and cold Christmas for us in Berkshire.
We’ll keep you updated.