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Christmas weather 2021 Manchester: Met Office forecast for Xmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year - and will it snow?

Bookmakers William Hill have been cautiously watching the forecast develop for the big day, and the chances of a white Christmas in Manchester are now over 50% they reckon.

With Christmas just around the corner, in between the wrapping, and shopping there is one question everyone is asking  - will Manchester see a White Christmas?

Waking up to the picturesque scenes of a white Christmas is something most hope for on the big day.

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It has been long awaited since the last being in 2010.

The odds of there being an official white Christmas in Manchester have gone from 5/1 to 8/11.

This huge jump suggests that there could be a 57% chance of Manchester seeing snow on the big day.

To officially declare a white Christmas, traditionally all that was required was a single snowflake to fall on the Met Office operations centre in London.

Now all that is needed to declare a white Christmas is the observation of a single snowflake falling in the 24 hours of December 25, at one of 13 major UK airports.

We have a full breakdown of the Met Office weather forecast for the festive weekend ahead of us:

Tonight:

There will be clear periods across the evening and throughout the night. Temperatures are expected to fall to freezing temperatures and just below.

Frost will develop across most areas of the region, with fog in isolated patches.

Minimum temperature - 4°C.

Wednesday:

Mist and fog will clear mostly and the morning will be bright.

As we progress into the afternoon with a chance of rain going into the evening. Winds will pick up as the temperature continues to drop into the evening.

Maximum temperatures will be 6°C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Thursday and Christmas Eve are expected to milder with a chance of rain and fog throughout the day.

Christmas Day temperatures will be expected to drop. There is a chance of snow over hilly areas throughout the day, with wind picking up at times.