UK weather: Brits are gearing up for a white Christmas, with 10cm of snow set to hit in HOURS leading to blackout warnings and travel chaos

BRITS are gearing up for a white Christmas with snow showers set to hit in HOURS.

The Met Office placed large parts of Scotland under yellow weather warnings on Christmas Day – with up to 10cm of snow expected to fall.

Amber Weather Warnings for snow and ice covering parts of northern Scotland

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Amber Weather Warnings for snow and ice covering parts of northern ScotlandPhoto credit: MET OFFICE
Drivers faced difficult conditions in the snow in North Yorkshire earlier this month

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Drivers faced difficult conditions in the snow in North Yorkshire earlier this monthPhoto credit: LNP
Train tracks were iced up in Peterborough

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Train tracks were iced up in PeterboroughCredit: Paul Marriott
Snow fell in Tynemouth, North Tyneside last week

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Snow fell in Tynemouth, North Tyneside last weekCredit: NNP

Most of the Scottish Highlands – as well as some lowland areas near Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh – will be covered in the white stuff from 9pm today until 6pm on Boxing Day.

Temperatures could drop to as low as 1C on Sunday evening and meteorologists warned: “Frequent stormy snow showers are likely to cause some travel disruptions on higher routes.”

The Met Office also suggested residents in affected areas should prepare for power outages.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver said: “Many are headed for a choppy Christmas weekend, with those in the north and west experiencing the most frequent and heaviest showers.

“Strong winds will affect some coasts throughout the weekend, with patchy gales, particularly in the north and west.

“Christmas Day is turning choppy for many, with the most frequent showers in the northern half of the UK and some more sporadic and mostly lighter showers further south.

“There is some uncertainty as to the timing of the colder air from the north-west, but looks set to trigger some snow showers in north-west Scotland late on Christmas Day.”

For those in the central and eastern parts of England, weather conditions will remain mostly dry over the festive period.

It comes as people across the UK have been hit by travel disruption and chaos following extreme weather conditions.

At the start of the week, nine flood warnings and 43 warnings were in effect across England, with a further seven in Wales.

While the drastic rise in temperature from -17C to 15C a few days ago led to a bloodbath as 30,000 people were hit by burst pipes.

And at Manchester Airport earlier this month, passengers were devastated as hundreds of flights were canceled because both runways were closed.

Passengers are now reporting baggage wait times of up to seven hours this week due to the impact of heavy snowfall.

Large parts of Scotland will be hit with snow on Christmas Day

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Large parts of Scotland will be hit with snow on Christmas DayCredit: Jordan Crosby
Floods in London caused by a burst water main after temperatures rose this week

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Floods in London caused by a burst water main after temperatures rose this weekCredit: PA

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