White Christmas now odds-on after freezing flakes of snow fall across the North

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A WHITE Christmas is now odds-on after freezing flakes of snow fell across the North today.

Bookies at Coral are offering 1-2 that snow will settle on a major city on December 25. Odds for snow in Manchester on Christmas Day are 4-1 and in London they are 5-1.

Mercury Press

Full gleam ahead at Ribblehead Viaduct[/caption]

Tonight temperatures plummeted across the country and are set to be as low as -5C (23F) at the weekend.

A dusting of snow covered Cumbria, North Yorkshire and parts of Scotland, with warnings for drivers. But in London and the South many were soaked by heavy rain.

Coral’s John Hill said: “With heavy snow falling and temperatures dropping to as low as -10C in some parts of the UK, our betting suggests we could be set for the coldest December on record.”

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office Dan Suri said: “It’ll certainly feel more wintry, with colder weather bringing a risk of frost, ice and wintry showers.”

Three day forecast

Friday: Dry and cold with snow on higher ground. Max temp: 41F(5C) Min 26.6F(-3C)

Saturday: Overnight frosts with heavy showers. Max temp: 44.6F (7C) Min: 24.8F(-4C)

Sunday: Occasional showers and frosts. Max temp 44.6F (7C) Min 23F(-5C)

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Sheep keep the fleece near Pitlochry in Perthshire[/caption]

Alamy Live News

Treacherous road in Teesdale after snowfall[/caption]

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White van slipped near Newby Head, North Yorkshire[/caption]

Andrew Styczynski – The Sun

Shoppers get a soaking on London’s Oxford Street[/caption]


Highways England has 93 new high-speed gritting lorries on standby to clear roads more quickly.

Scotland will see the worst of this weekend’s arctic weather and the Met Office has issued a warning for snow and ice north of the border.

It will be warmer in the south but forecasters said the wintry condition could reach central and south-east England.

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