Met Office issue Christmas Day snow and ice warning set to smother parts of UK

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    The Met Office has issued a Christmas Day warning for ice on the roads and snow showers with some parts of the UK directly in the crossfire.

    A statement from the forecaster reads: ""Strengthening west-northwesterly winds will bring increasingly frequent wintry showers to parts of Scotland through Sunday night and into Monday morning.

    "These may fall as snow to low levels for a time where temporary accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible, with 5-10 cm of snow over the hills."

    Affected areas are set to include Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire Moray, Lothian, and Strathclyde, with many Scots now gearing up for a white Christmas.

    The warning is in place from 9pm this evening (December 25) and is predicted to remain in place until 6pm on Boxing Day.

    Some parts of the country will receive just a light dusting of snow, while areas of higher ground could see up to 10cm of coverage, the Mirror reported.

    "These may fall as snow to low levels for a time where temporary accumulations of 1-3 cm are possible, with 5-10 cm of snow over the hills," the forecaster added.

    And while the snow might make for a beautiful festive scene, journeys are now expected to take longer as a result of "some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths."

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