Cold weather and wintry showers are forecast as the country creeps closer to Christmas Day with low pressure from the Arctic predicted to bring icy temperatures over the next week

Parts of the UK could be set for a white Christmas as a polar ice bomb looks set to loom over festivities.

Low pressure from the Arctic is predicted to bring icy temperatures over the next week with wintry showers forecast and snow potentially falling in some areas.

For some, it could spell disaster, with potential disruption on the roads, and temperatures plummeting

Between the 16th and 25th December, the Met Office confirms that the weather will remain unsettled, with a mixture of blustery showers and brighter spells for most of the UK. 

Snow has already settled in parts of central Scotland and could fall every day until the 25th, according to WXCHARTS models.

And as much as five inches of snow may fall today, according to the  Express, with the same amount expected to fall again in the region on Christmas Day. 

The west of Scotland could see 4cm on the big day.

Much of Scotland could experience a white Christmas morning with temperatures set to fall as low as -7C on December 25 in central Scotland, with Fort William predicted to be -3C and Aberdeen -2C.

The cold front will arrive on Thursday next week, with -2C forecast in Scotland.