White Christmas confirmed as snow falls in parts of UK early on Friday morning

Early morning snowfall has been recorded in parts of the UK, with the Met Office declaring it a White Christmas.

Reports of snow had come in from Leconfield in Humberside and Wattisham in Suffolk as of 5am on Christmas morning.

The Met Office had said Christmas Day is likely to be clear and dry for most, but showers in eastern areas of England had the potential to bring sleet or snow in the morning.

It comes amid widespread flooding around the country with people rescued from vehicles and others evacuated from their homes following a period of heavy rain.

The arrival of Storm Bella on Boxing Day will bring further downpours and winds of up to 60-70mph in exposed coastal locations.

Light flurries of snow were seen on Christmas Eve, including on the North East coast.

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A damaged fence panel, ripped from it's supports by the strong wind is pictured in a residential street in Portslade on the south coast of England on December 27, 2020, as Storm Bella brings rain and high winds to the UK. - Most of the UK is subject to weather warnings as Storm Bella, with wind gusts of more than 80mph - passes across the country. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Waves crash over Newhaven Lighthouse on the south coast of England on December 27, 2020, as Storm Bella brings rain and high winds to the UK. - Most of the UK is subject to weather warnings as Storm Bella, with wind gusts of more than 80mph - passes across the country. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Members of the Worcester Kayak club leave the flooded Worcester Racecourse on December 27, 2020 in Worcester, England. "Storm Bella" brought gales and heavy rain to the West Midlands, and caused a severe weather warning to be put in place on Saturday. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: A man walks through submerged water on December 27, 2020 in Worcester, England. "Storm Bella" brought gales and heavy rain to the West Midlands, and caused a severe weather warning to be put in place on Saturday. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
Illustration shows people walking in a winter landscape with snow at Signal de Botrange, in the Hautes Fagnes - Hoge Venen region, in Eastern Belgium, Sunday 27 December 2020. Storm Bella brings more snow the the highest regions of Belgium. BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS LAMBERT (Photo by NICOLAS LAMBERT/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: A sign is submerged in water surrounded by swans on December 27, 2020 in Worcester, England. "Storm Bella" brought gales and heavy rain to the West Midlands, and caused a severe weather warning to be put in place on Saturday. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
WORCESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Flooding at the Worcester Rowing Club on December 27, 2020 in Worcester, England. "Storm Bella" brought gales and heavy rain to the West Midlands, and caused a severe weather warning to be put in place on Saturday. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)
BEDFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: The River Great Ouse bursts its banks on December 26, 2020 in Bedford, England. Many people in homes and properties along the River Great Ouse were advised to move out, as a "severe" flood warning was in place. Though the water has subsided in many places, people are bracing themselves for storm Bella, which is currently sweeping across the country. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A speedboat on the flooded River Severn at Highbridge, ahead of Storm Bella. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
BEDFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: The River Great Ouse bursts its banks on December 26, 2020 in Pavenham, England. Many people in homes and properties along the River Great Ouse were advised to move out, as a "severe" flood warning was in place. Though the water has subsided in many places, people are bracing themselves for storm Bella, which is currently sweeping across the country. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PAVENHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: A family look at high water from a bridge looking over the River Great Ouse on December 26, 2020 in Pavenham, England. Many people in homes and properties along the River Great Ouse were advised to move out, as a "severe" flood warning was in place. Though the water has subsided in many places, people are bracing themselves for storm Bella, which is currently sweeping across the country. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PAVENHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: A couple wearing christmas hats look at high water from a bridge looking over the River Great Ouse towards the village of Harrold on December 26, 2020 in Pavenham, England. Many people in homes and properties along the River Great Ouse were advised to move out, as a "severe" flood warning was in place. Though the water has subsided in many places, people are bracing themselves for storm Bella, which is currently sweeping across the country. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A family take advantage of the Christmas Day snow with a trip out sledging on the hills near Hexham, Northumberland. Early morning snowfall has been recorded in parts of the UK, with the Met Office declaring it a White Christmas. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Snow covers houses at Hexham, Northumberland. Early morning snowfall has been recorded in parts of the UK, with the Met Office declaring it a White Christmas. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
A dusting of snow covers the Old Packhouse Bridge in Carrbridge in the Cairngorms National Park. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
SUFFOLK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 24: People drive through a flooded road following heavy rainfall on December 24, 2020 in Suffolk, United Kingdom . (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
A light dusting of snow falls on Christmas Eve at Tynemouth Beach on the North East coast of England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 24: Joelinton controls the ball in a hail storm during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on December 24, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
Snow covers the B9007 between Carrbridge and Forres in the Cairngorms National Park. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Waves crash against the pier wall at Tynemouth on the North East coast of England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood defences have been installed in Ironbridge, Shropshire, ahead of Storm Bella. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood water covers the racecourse at Worcester after heavy rain. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
Children's playground equipment pokes out from floodwater surrounding Tewkesbury Abbey, where flood watches are in place with more wet weather expected in the coming days. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood water covers a car park after the River Severn burst its banks in Worcester following heavy rain. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood water covers the racecourse at Worcester after heavy rain. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flood waters surround Tewkesbury Abbey, where flood watches are in place with more wet weather expected in the coming days. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Environment Agency personnel place flood barriers on a bank of the high River Severn, near Ironbridge, Shropshire. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man smiles and gives thumbs up as he poses for a picture with fake snow falling in Covent Garden as new coronavirus restrictions, announced today by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, are due to take effect from midnight on Sunday, on 19 December, 2020 in London, England. London, the south-east and the east of England will enter tier 4 restrictions, similar to the last national lockdown, with a stay-at-home, closing of all non-essential retail and businesses and cancellation of the planned relaxing of rules over five days around Christmas. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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