Will it snow?

winter_trees

My daughter was hoping for a white Christmas but, given that we live in the warm, south-western corner of England, the chances of snow each winter are small and the likelihood of snow on Christmas Day is even lower. And even though we’ve had days when it’s been cold enough for ice to form on the car windscreen, I don’t think we’ve seen any snowfall for a year or two. So, what has to happen for it to snow?

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Why is it cold in Winter?

The approach of the Winter solstice provides a good opportunity to answer this question about the weather.

winter-leaves

The British climate is ‘temperate’ which means that, whilst some times of the year that are warmer or cooler than others, it never gets really, really hot or really, really cold. Each year is divided into four seasons and each season has a typical kind of weather.

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