Christmas may have come and gone, but the holidays are not over yet. In fact, some of the busiest days of the year are still ahead of us, including Boxing Day. This usually turns out to be one of the worst days of the year to travel because of all the traffic. To make matters worse, the Met Office says that it’s going to be one of the worst days to travel in terms of weather.
The Met Office is saying that snow, sleet and rain will be seen across much of Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The snow started Christmas night and has continued on until the early hours of the morning. However, the Met Office says that this snow isn’t going to stop anytime soon. It will continue throughout the evening and overnight.
This means that many places around the UK are going to get several centimeters of snow. This will be found at even very low sea levels. Roads around these areas are expected to be covered in ice, and the Met Office reminds drivers to be on the lookout for black ice. This is when water has frozen on the road but simply looks like wet asphalt.
There is a depression developing over the Atlantic Ocean. According to the Met Office, it’s going to make landfall today, Dec. 26. Meteorologists will continue to track the depression as it moves east and to the south-east, where it should reach the southern half of Britain late Friday.
Although southern Britain is expected to get more rain than snow, northern Britain is looking at this same storm dumping a load of snow on them. The met Office said that there remains a lot of uncertainty on the average amount of rain and snow this one depression is going to dump on people. A lot of Brits will see different precipitation levels all over the country.
In areas where snow does fall, Brits can expect to see around 2 to 4 centimetres, or 1 to 2 inches. This could be seen even at low sea levels. There are some areas, however, that might get around 10 centimetres, or close to 5 inches. This could make it a very difficult Boxing Day to be out and about.
Louise Lear, a weather presenter for the BBC, said that a lot of people who are going to be driving around for Boxing Day. They will be hit with surface water spray, heavy rain, strong winds and very poor visibility.