Snow is expected to fall across parts of Britain on Thursday as voters up and down the country head to the polls. The Met Office has warned of snow through Thursday to Sunday which could deter or even prevent voters from casting their ballots. But how at risk are you of facing snow on December 12?
The UK’s general election on Thursday, December 12, is the first to be held in December since 1923.
Turnout in winter general elections tends to be lower than those held in the summer.
But not only will voters have typical December conditions to contend with, but weather forecasters are predicting terrible snow to hit parts of the country on Thursday.
But is your area at risk of snow?
The Met Office has warned of “unsettled” weather on Thursday with bands of rain moving across the UK.
The forecaster said it will be windy at times, especially in the south and snow is likely at times on northern hills.
A Met Office spokesperson told the Mirror: “There is likely to be travel disruption because of this.
““The winds will be the strongest at coastal and hilly areas, particularly in west Scotland and the west Highlands specifically.
“They’ll be gusts of 50 to 60mph inland and 70mph at the coast.
“It is going to be especially strong at the coast through the Irish Sea.”
How could the snow impact the election?
If the weather is bad, people may opt to stay at home rather than head to their polling station to vote.
This argument means that less people will vote on Thursday.
The election, which is enshrined into law, will proceed irrespective of the weather.
Unless the law is changed the vote cannot be postponed.
Cold weather can raise risks for voters, particularly older voters.
Any snowfall can also increase the risk for drivers on the roads and can in fact inhibit their ability to drive at all.
A 2017 study led by the Belgian University of Ghent and published in the ‘Frontiers of Psychology’ journal found for each increase of 1C (1.8F), voter turnout increased by 0.14 percent.
The researchers claimed an increase of only 1C would have resulted in a win for Al Gore in 2000, rather than George W Bush.
According to the bookmakers, the chance of snow for this week is high.
Coral has 4/6 odds it will snow in any major city in the UK this week and 3/1 for it come down on election day.
Coral’s John Hill said: “With Storm Brendan set to batter to the UK this week, the odds have been slashed on the wind speed reaching 100mph in the mainland.
“There is also a serious threat of snow before the week is out, while we have even seen strong money for the white stuff to fall on election day.”