More snow threatens Christmas deliveries

Had enough of the snow yet? While some of us have now returned to some semblance of normality following the inevitable weather-related chaos, forecasters say there is more to come.

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And for those still struggling through the white stuff, as well as those currently enjoying a respite, Christmas shopping has been a tricky business.

It's only natural then, that so many of us have turned to the internet in a bid to get seasonal gifts sorted - the question is, will they arrive in time?

There is already a huge backlog of deliveries awaiting their turn after the first wave of cold weather, and more snow is expected thanks to some chilly air from the North Pole (how festive!).

Met Office forecaster Tim Thorne told the Daily Mail: "We're going to see a real Arctic blast coming almost right from the North Pole. It's being brought in by an area of low pressure coming south from Iceland which will really plunge us back into freezing conditions at least into next weekend.

"During Thursday the band of cold weather is likely to begin as rain and sleet spreading across the country, but that will start to turn to snow."

That means that postal workers are desperately trying to clear the backlog of packages and cards before the new snow arrives but a host of internet retailers are already warning that normal delivery timescales may not apply.

Royal Mail has already withdrawn its Special Delivery next day guarantee, though last posting remains December 15 for parcels, December 18 for second class and December 21 for first class.

The advice is to check carefully before buying online. But for early bird internet shoppers, the weather could potentially result in a very frugal Christmas Day.

What do you think? Will Britain ever learn how to cope with the big freeze? Leave your comments below...