Snow joke for fear­ful book­ies

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by FE­LIC­ITY CROSS fe­lic­ity.cross@dai­

BOOK­IES are fac­ing up to the chill­ing pos­si­bil­ity of a White Christ­mas.

The Met Of­fice has warned the UK is about to be plunged into the icy grip of La Niña – which could bring freez­ing tem­per­a­tures for weeks.

Bri­tain’s last snowy Christ­mas Day was in 2010, when an­other La Niña struck, blow­ing cold winds all the way from the Pa­cific.

And Wil­liam Hill re­ports it has al­ready taken a record amount of early bets for snow.

Spokesman Ru­pert Adams said: “We are start­ing to feel the chill as a White Christ­mas could cost the in­dus­try a six, pos­si­bly sev­en­fig­ure pay­out.”

Book­mak­ers have made it odd­son that snow will fall some­where across Bri­tain, with Aberdeen, Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh pegged as the early favourites.

Lad­brokes has posted odds of 5/6 it will be a white out.

Jes­sica Bridge, from the firm, said: “There’s no need for pun­ters to dream of a white Christ­mas, as the odds sug­gest Blighty will wake up to a blan­ket of snow this year.”

Of­fi­cials judge it to be a white Christ­mas if even just one snowflake is seen to fall in the 24 hours of De­cem­ber 25.

The Weather

Out­look said they cal­cu­lated a 16% chance of snow north of York­shire and Lan­cashire.

Parts of Bri­tain could to­day see the mer­cury plum­met to an icy -8C, due to Arc­tic winds blow­ing a big freeze down south.

Met of­fice fore­caster Emma Sharples said: “We have had some chilly weather over the last cou­ple of week­ends but this week­end will see two nights of sus­tained cold.

“On Sun­day, the rain will have cleared the south and tem­per­a­tures will drop and get close to freez­ing across the coun­try.

“Some north­ern places could see tem­per­a­tures into freez­ing three nights in a row this week­end. Sun­day into Mon­day will be the cold­est night of au­tumn so far and it will be a cold frosty start to Mon­day.” The Met Of­fice can only re­li­ably fore­cast snow five days in ad­vance. But it added there is a good chance of snow fall­ing some­where in the UK on Christ­mas Day. The weather ser­vice said: “In terms of the sta­tis­ti­cal like­li­hood of snow based on cli­ma­tol­ogy, we can prob­a­bly ex­pect more than half of all Christ­mas Days to be white. How­ever, there has only been a wide­spread cov­er­ing of snow four times in the last 51 years.”

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