BRITAIN has today woken up to its first white Christmas in FIVE years as temperature plunge across the country.
The snowfall in Leconfield in Humberside and Wattisham in Suffolk is the first in the UK on December 25 since 2015.
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Snowfall in Hessle, East Yorkshire, this morning[/caption]
The Met Office has confirmed it is officially a white Christmas[/caption]
A blanket of snow covered the Consett area of Co. Durham on Christmas Eve[/caption]
A light dusting of snow fell over Tynemouth Beach on the North East coast of England [/caption]
A blanket of snow covered the Consett area of Co. Durham yesterday[/caption]
The Met Office confirmed it was a white Christmas in a tweet this morning, saying: “Morning everyone, we’ve just had official confirmation that this #Christmas is a white one!
“Leconfield in Humberside reported #snow falling at 5am, and Wattisham in Suffolk also reported recent snow at this time.
“Further updates will be issued as they become available #UKSnow.”
The rest of today is likely to be clear and dry for most but showers in the East of England could bring more sleet or snow.
Severe ice warnings have been issued for the east of Scotland and east of England today – stretching from Newcastle to Essex.
And temperatures were expected to plunge overnight, with lows of -4C in northern England and Scotland and -2C and -3C further south.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told The Sun Online: “There is a potential [for snow] during the early hours – certainly between midnight we could get a few wintry showers falling which could contain a bit of snow.”
Edinburgh and Newcastle were yesterday tipped among the cities most likely to see the white stuff on Christmas Day, with bookies placing their odds for snowfall at 2-1.
The odds for snow in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, stood at 3-1, suggesting they are more likely to have a white Christmas than cities further south.
The white stuff fell across parts of the UK yesterday, with a blanket of snow covering Tynemouth Beach in the North East and parts of County Durham.
Amid the temperature drop people were pictured getting in the spirit of a somewhat different Christmas this year.
Brave souls ran into the chilly waves near Edinburgh and Swansea today for a festive swim, while others took on the snowy roads in County Durham.
Any snow will be mainly confined to higher ground, but forecasters predictions of more snow today have rung true already.
Temperatures have been plunging this week and are set to get colder over the next 24 hours.
This is the first White Christmas since 2015 when only a smattering of weather stations recorded snowfall.
The last big blitz was in 2010 during the coldest December for 100 years.
The snow warning came as heavy downpours swept the country yesterday, with up to 3in of rain falling in places.
Storm Bella is due to batter the UK on Boxing Day – bringing further showers and 70mph winds.
An Amber weather warning – indicating a threat to life – will be in force from 3pm on December 26.
It will apply to parts of south Wales and across southern England, with gusts expected to reach up to 70mph in coastal areas.
It is the second named storm of the season.
The Environment Agency also announced 10 flood warnings and nearly 100 flood alerts, with Gloucestershire set to be hardest hit.
Shocking photographs showed towns submerged as the flood waters seeped into homes and businesses in Norfolk – with emergency services declaring a major incident.
The BBC reported the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service received 500 calls for help on Wednesday with 300 just in six hours.
Pictures showed the aftermath of a landslide that began on a steep slope above a car park in Penarth, south Wales at around 6pm on Wednesday.
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Cars were seen surrounded by branches, mud, and other debris, but there were no reports of any injuries.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said they had handled more than 250 flood calls, with several properties inundated and multiple people rescued from their stranded vehicles.
In Nottingham, police said emergency services had been called to a report of a landslide near some homes near a former quarry at 11.40pm on Wednesday.
Swimmers in Santa hats bathed in the glow of sunrise as they braced themselves to brave the cold sea at Langland Bay[/caption]
Some brave souls taking to the water at the coast near Edinburgh[/caption]
Teesdale, County Durham, looking festive on Christmas Eve[/caption]
Snow is falling in northern areas today as a White Christmas is on the cards[/caption]
A car braves the icy roads in Lanehead, County Durham yesterday[/caption]