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