COULD IT SNOW FOR CHRIST­MAS?

San­tas brave weather for seafront run

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - ANNA LEWIS Re­porter [email protected]­line.co.uk

WITH just over a week to go un­til the big day, some peo­ple are start­ing to ask: will it snow this Christ­mas?

With a weather warn­ing out for freez­ing rain this week­end, book­mak­ers have al­ready started mak­ing predictions on whether snow will fall this fes­tive sea­son.

The Met Of­fice says it can only pre­dict weather with a rea­son­able amount of de­tail for a five to sev­en­day win­dow.

That means weather predictions for Christ­mas Day won’t re­ally be known un­til at least De­cem­ber 18.

A spokesman for the Met Of­fice said the longer term fore­cast was com­pli­cated by Storm Deirdre, the weather sys­tem that has led to freez­ing rain this week­end. At the mo­ment, there is ef­fec­tively a bat­tle go­ing on be­tween Storm Deirdre and ar­eas of high pres­sure to the east and south. How this bat­tle plays out will de­ter­mine our fes­tive weather.

At the mo­ment, the UK out­look for Christ­mas week sug­gests it will be un­set­tled.

Book­mak­ers have al­ready be­gun of­fer­ing the lat­est odds on snow­fall in a num­ber of cities across Great Bri­tain and the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

The odds sug­gest the chances of a white Christ­mas are higher for Scot­tish cities, but they don’t seem to rate the chances of Cardiff get­ting much snow.

Lat­est odds from Wil­liam Hill, is­sued on Fri­day, sug­gest a 6-1 chance of snow in Cardiff on Christ­mas Day.

In the past 51 years, wide­spread snow, where more than 40% of sta­tions record snow on the ground at 9am on De­cem­ber 25, has only hap­pened four times.

The last time the UK had snow on Christ­mas Day was in 2015, with 10% of weather sta­tions record­ing snow­fall. Even then, none of the white stuff set­tled on the ground.

For the last sig­nif­i­cant white Christ­mas, you have to go back to 2010. That year, 83% of sta­tions recorded snow on the ground, the high­est amount ever re­ported.

This week­end, most of the freez­ing rain that has brought prob­lems to some parts of the UK has now passed.

To­day, early fog patches could be slow to clear.

It will be mostly dry with sunny spells be­fore a band of show­ery rain ar­rives from the south­west through the af­ter­noon.

PIC­TURES: ADRIAN WHITE

There were plenty of San­tas brav­ing the rain and wind yes­ter­day to take part in Run4All Neath Santa Run at Aber­avon. It is the fifth year the seafront run has taken place

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