Snow and sleet could hit Merseyside in the run up to Christmas, according to forecasters.

Wintry downpours can be divisive, with some people seeing snowfall as a nostalgic reminder of years gone by, or a reason to feel festive. Others berate the snow as it often disrupts travel plans and causes upheaval on our roads.

Wherever you stand, weather experts at Accuweather are predicting some snow in Liverpool in just a few weeks' time. But if you're hoping for a thick layer you may be disappointed.

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According to Accuweather's forecast it may well snow in Liverpool on Wednesday, December 13. Conditions are predicted as "Cloudy; a snow shower in spots in the morning followed by a shower in spots in the afternoon", with highs of 7C and lows of 1C.

The Met Office doesn't give Liverpool predictions for that far in advance, however its long range UK forecast for December 7-21 reads: "A general trend through this period for a return to more changeable and unsettled weather, with wetter and windier than average conditions likely, especially in the west and north west.

"Generally temperatures are expected to be near or above average, although short-lived colder interludes remain possible."

When the ECHO previously asked the Met Office why it so rarely snows in the region, experts told us: "Liverpool’s close proximity to the Irish Sea might mean you get more showers because of the moisture in the air, but these are unlikely to turn to snow because the temperature around the coast is actually warmer than it is inland.

"Water warms and cools very slowly therefore the sea is actually at its warmest around the Autumn, when it’s had the whole summer to heat up. That makes the climate slightly warmer around coastal areas, although it might not feel that way because of the wind chill.

"The Pennines to the North East also act as a sort of barrier, meaning showers will get pushed up on them, rather than settle on Merseyside."

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