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Blizzards and heavy snow storm causing chaos in US ‘heading towards Britain’

As the UK prepares for Christmas festivities next week, many are wondering how cold it'll be and if we'll see a picturesque White Christmas.

The latest Met Office 10-day forecast reveals uncertainty grows for the festive days next week, but low pressure travelling over the atlantic has caused blizzards and icy conditions for the east coast of America.

The low pressure, which is splitting into two as it edges closer to Britain, is being pushed by a jet stream and the timing of when it'll hit the country is still undetermined.

Currently, the cold front is sweeping across North America's coast and has brought heavy snowfall.

If the low pressure isn't altered from it's journey to the UK, the sub-zero temperatures and icy weather could follow.

The Met Office's Alex Deakin said: "That low pressure is the same one bringing heavy snowfall and blizzards across the north-east of the US.

"However, if you're a fan of snow, don't be thinking just because it's heading our way we'll be getting snow, it'll be heavily modified as it crossed the Atlantic, pushed along by a pretty lively but straight forward jet stream."

He added there are strong signals that it'll be turning colder at the back end of next week.

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Mr Deakin said: "For the Christmas period, yes, turning colder. Where we see showers it well could be wintry because it has turned colder, and they're most likely to be across northern parts of the UK.

"The details, and the exact pressure pattern, is too early to say at this stage. "

The meteorologist explained that the European model for the UK shows low pressure for the country, but other computer models do show high pressure covering Britain, causing the uncertainty.

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Before the low pressure front is set to touch down, the Met Office forecast a wet and windy Friday, with heavy downpours and strong gusts before the weekend.

A yellow weather warning is in place for Friday and Saturday for the south-west and western parts of the country.

During the weekend, spiralling showers and blustery conditions are expected to continue ahead of Christmas week.

Although the UK is predicted to be at the receiving end of the travelling low pressure, it doesn't mean the same blizzards and snow will remain as it reaches the UK. However, there is still uncertainty on what the weather is expected to be like from Tuesday onwards.

Looking at the trend Mr Deakin used computer models to predict the temperatures will be below the mean line – resulting in a colder Christmas period.

It's also likely the country will see northerly conditions and those living in the north, primarily Scotland, could see wintry showers because of the sub-zero temperatures.

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