Will it snow in Manchester this Christmas? Met Office releases forecast up to 28 December 2021

The Met Office has released its long forecast - and we can now see whether they think it will snow on Christmas Day.

The Met Office have released their much anticipated long-range weather forecast, with the forecast covering Christmas Day, and going up until 28 December 2021.

Manchester is just recovering from Storm Arwen and a heavy dusting of snow over the weekend, with sub-zero condition

Here is the forecast for this weekend into next week

“A mainly fine and dry start on Saturday 4 December with showers in the west, these potentially wintry in the northwest.

“Heavy rain will spread across most areas throughout the day which will likely fall as snow over Scottish high ground. It will remain windy with coastal gales in the west. Temperatures will be near normal in the southeast and cold in the north. Continuing unsettled through the rest of this period with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed with brighter interludes accompanied with showers. The wettest conditions are likely to be in the west and north west, and drier in the south towards the end of the period. Often windy with a risk of gales at times, especially in the north and northwest. Mild, with the potential for brief colder interludes.”

And the long-range forecast for 14 December - 28 December?

Bookies may have cut their odds on a white Christmas this week, but the Met currently expects it to be milder than average, minimising the chance of snow over Christmas on current predictions.

The forecast says: “Overall, through this period it is expected to be unsettled and changeable with milder and wetter than average conditions for most, bringing a risk of stormy conditions. Perhaps turning more settled in southern regions for a time nearer the start of this period, which will increase the risk of frost and fog when skies clear overnight. Temperatures on the milder side for much of this period, but some short lived colder spells are possible.”