If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas only to be disappointed by the past few years’ milder temperatures, 2016 may be the year you finally get to pull on your snow boots.
If the experts are right, blizzards could be whirling around us in as little as six weeks time.
Though widespread snow hasn’t hit the UK on December 25th since 2010, weather forecasters have predicted that our chances are far higher this year.
Why? Because a deep freeze is headed our way.
Autumn may have brought us some positively balmy days thus far, but if the experts are right, blizzards could be whirling around us in as little as six weeks time.
The dramatic swing in temperature is said to be due to freezing air sweeping in from the Polar regions, which is set to send thermometers plummeting.
That’s not all, either. Once the deep freeze arrives, forecasts currently estimate that it’ll be here for the long haul, not lifting until February next year.
Yes that's right, a whole four months of icy blizzards are set to take hold, with those living in the north of the country likely to experience the worst of it - torrential downpours, powerful winds, heavy snow.
It’s not all bad news, however.
Forecaster James Madden told The Express: ‘Throughout this winter we fully expect some quite potent wintry blasts from as early as November for the northern half of the country, and even the southern half of the country can expect some prolonged wintry weather at times.’
Bear with us, the good news is coming...
‘This does not dispel some large temperature swings to milder and potentially stormy weather conditions throughout this winter period,’ he added. ‘But we do expect less stormy weather conditions throughout this winter and in comparison to the last few winter periods.’
So that’s more ice and snow, which means you’ll absolutely need to stock up on your winter warmers, but fewer storms and gales compared with the raging weather of previous years.
PREPARE FOR THE DEEP FREEZE
- Winter warmers - It may feel odd stocking up on gloves and scarves now, but it’s better to be prepared. You’ll also have your pick of the best George at Asda styles before popular ranges sell out.
- Snuggly throws - Perfect for wrapping yourself in at home, warm throws and blankets are handy to keep in the car too for especially chilly drives or emergencies.
- Anti-Freeze - A motoring must-have, make sure you keep anti-freeze supplies topped up, and arm yourself with de-icer for frozen windscreens too.
- Check your tyres - Heavy rain and icy roads mean you need to make sure your tyres are up to scratch. Better to do that now rather than leave it too late, visit our Asda Tyres shop for everything you need.
- Soups and stews - After battling the elements there’s nothing like tucking into a bowl of warm, hearty goodness. Keep an eye on our soups, stews and casserole recipes for delicious dinner ideas.
Stocking up ahead of the icy blasts? You'll find everything you need at Asda.com.