Book­ies think it is go­ing to be a cold and pos­si­bly white fes­tive pe­riod Odds of a white Christ­mas have been slashed

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

THE chances of see­ing snow in Hinck­ley as you tuck into your Christ­mas tur­key have been slashed to just 2/1.

Fore­cast­ers pre­dict a big chill this win­ter as cold air from the Arc­tic sweeps the coun­try.

Tem­per­a­tures of -11C are be­ing touted as a pos­si­bil­ity with freezes and wide­spread snow on the cards.

The pre­dic­tion comes af­ter one of the warm­est Oc­to­bers for 358 years, with an av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of 12.9C, 2.2C above nor­mal, in cen­tral Eng­land, Met Of­fice fig­ures show.

Ex­tended pe­ri­ods of Arc­tic winds are fore­cast to de­liver Bri­tain’s cold­est win­ter since the bit­ter 2012-13 freeze, said The Weather Com­pany.

Wide­spread snow, ice and travel may­hem are ex­pected.

Lad­brokes cut white Christ­mas odds to 2/1 in Glas­gow, 3/1 in New­cas­tle, 5/1 in Manch­ester, and 6/1 in London.

Lad­brokes spokesper­son Ni­cola McGeady said: “We’ve had a flurry of fes­tive bets, trig­gered by the cold­est night of au­tumn and a cold win­ter fore­cast.”

Af­ter chilly stints in a mixed Novem­ber, De­cem­ber and Jan­uary are both fore­cast to be colder than nor­mal, said The Weather Com­pany, founded in 1982.

More po­lar air than usual will flow to Bri­tain this win­ter due to At­lantic pres­sure pat­terns send­ing jet stream winds up to the Arc­tic and then south to the UK, the ex­perts said.

Wide­spread snow and ice are a “much higher” threat than in re­cent mild win­ters, said Ac­cuWeather, the world’s sec­ond big­gest com­mer­cial fore­caster.

All parts be­ing hit, said.

The Weather Com­pany chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Todd Craw­ford said: “We ex­pect the cold­est win­ter in the UK since 2012-13.

“We ex­pect ex­tended spells with a ridge of pres­sure in the North At­lantic, es­pe­cially in early win­ter.

“This forces the jet stream up to the Arc­tic and back down of the Bri­tain face weath­er­men into Europe, re­leas­ing Arc­tic high pres­sure from near the Pole di­rectly into north­ern Europe, with colder-than-nor­mal tem­per­a­tures.”

Lows are set to fall be­low -10C this win­ter in the North, with the South also suf­fer­ing shivers well be­low freez­ing, said Ac­cuWeather.

Travel chaos is ex­pected on road and rail plus at air­ports. The el­derly and ill face health im­pacts.

The Met Of­fice month-ahead fore­cast pre­dicted a “rather cold” early Novem­ber fol­lowed by be­low-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures - es­pe­cially in the South – at times from mid-month.

For those who pre­fer warmer con­di­tions the cold snap will come as a shock af­ter four mild win­ters in a row, which had fre­quent balmy west­erly breezes.

Re­cent warm win­ters came af­ter 2012–13’s bit­ing win­ter had big freezes in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary, as tem­per­a­tures plunged to -14C near London.

Snow and ice caused re­peated chaos on roads and rail­ways, deaths due to cold weather soared to around 300-a-day and Eng­land and Scot­land were colder than the clos­est hu­man set­tle­ment to the North Pole.

Gov­ern­ment health warn­ings for cold weather lasted al­most a month in to­tal, with 13 days of alerts in the run-up to Christ­mas and a 15-day stretch from Jan­uary 12.

Win­ter 2012-13 was 0.4C colder than av­er­age at 3.3C UKwide - and chills con­tin­ued un­til the cold­est Easter Sun­day ever recorded, which plunged to -12.5C at Brae­mar, Aberdeen­shire.

Ear­lier win­ters saw De­cem­ber 2010’s Big Freeze, which hit -21.3C at Alt­na­harra, High­land, Scot­land, and 2009-10’s white­out with snow chaos for weeks for many parts.

Ac­cuWeather se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist Alan Rep­pert said: “Snow and ice will be a much higher threat this win­ter.

“There is a higher-than-nor­mal po­ten­tial for tem­per­a­tures be­low -10C fur­ther north, and also cold tem­per­a­tures fur­ther south.”

Snow in Hinck­ley in the 1980s in The Bor­ough look­ing down Re­gent Street

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