Where in the world will you find a White Christmas?

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With just one more sleep to go, while it may not be a White Christmas across Dacorum, it will be cold, and we could well wake up to frosty lawns on both Christmas and Boxing Day.

Further north, the odd snow shower is possible, but unfortunately the chance of any reaching us here is small.

Disappointing for many, but unsurprising, as on average we can expect snow to fall on December 25 only once in every 10 years across Herts.

As mentioned last week, the definition of a UK White Christmas is one in which at least a single, observable snowflake falls during the 24 hours of December 25. Snow already lying on the ground, however deep, doesn’t count.

Over the past 60 years, statistically the best place to head to see a few flakes has been north, with Aberdeen witnessing snow nearly once in every two years. The odds reduce to around one in every four years at Edinburgh and Glasgow, and one in every five years for Belfast.

Further south, the chances are worse still, decreasing to around one in six across the Midlands, one in ten for lowland south Wales and just one in 15 in London.

Of course, over higher ground the likelihood of snow on Christmas Day increases massively.

Indeed over the highest Scottish mountains, most precipitation falls as snow at this time of year.

In many other countries, including the US and Canada, a White Christmas is just one in which a pre-defined amount of snow is lying on December 25.

So where should we head next year to maximise our chances of having a snowy festive period?

Across Europe, aside from mountainous areas such as the Alps, north-eastern parts see the greatest chance of snow, particularly Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

Further afield, North American locations with the greatest chance of witnessing lying snow include the major Canadian cities of Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, as well as Portland, Milwaukee and Cleveland in the US.

Back home, Christmas Day looks to be cold with sunshine and isolated showers, with a widespread frost overnight.

The Met Office reveals cold, dry and bright weather is expected for Boxing Day, with wind, perhaps gales, and rain overnight and during Saturday.