It wasn't a white Christmas, but the first snowfall of the new year is almost here for some parts of the UK.
Following the mild weather over the festive season, it was a chilly start to 2019, with temperatures dropping to -10.5C in Braemar in Scotland in the first few days of January.
The likelihood of overnight frost and fog continued into the second week of January and after a mild spell over the weekend (12-13 January), temperatures are set to drop again as we move into the second half of the month.
The Met Office outlook for Tuesday 15 to Thursday 24 January states: "The best of any drier and brighter weather will be across the south and southeast. Temperatures will be close to average at first, but brief milder spells are still possible. Despite this, it is likely to turn colder towards the end of this period with more widespread frost."
As for the snow? We could see some at the very end of the month.
"During the last week of January and into early February, there is an increased likelihood of cold weather becoming established across all of the UK," says the long-range outlook. "This would bring an enhanced risk of snow and more widespread frost, particularly across northern parts."
After the U.K. experienced some of the coldest weather for years when "the beast from the east" hit in the early months of 2018, it's unclear at this stage whether this kind of weather system will return. However, after the Met Office forecast a cold snap for the second half of January, some bookmakers have cut their odds on this month being the coldest January on record, according to multiple reports.
"There is an increased chance of colder weather in the second half of January, and this would bring a greater likelihood of frost and snow," Met Office spokesperson Richard Miles told Country Living. "However, it's still too early to be certain of the extent of any snowfalls."
With wintry weather on the way, it's wise to keep an eye on the forecast where you are.
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