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White Christmas 'A Dead Cert' For The UK by Kat Higgins
Tuesday, December 14th 2010, 4:44 PM GMT
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It has been one of the coldest Decembers for decades and now forecasters say a white Christmas is definitely going to happen this year.

Arctic winds are expected to bring more freezing weather from Thursday with some areas of the country seeing up to eight inches of snow.

And looking further into the future, it looks like most of the country will be swathed in the white stuff on December 25.

Jonathan Powell, a forecaster with Positive Weather Solutions, said: "Our models are showing we will see a white Christmas.

"The most likely places to have one are Scotland, north-east England, the east coast, the South East and London. It's going to happen."

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There has been a recent thaw in the weather after the cold conditions at the start of the month brought some areas to a standstill.

Shoppers hit the streets at the weekend to make the most of the warmer weather because this next cold spell could last until January 9.

The Met Office predicts the new big freeze could be colder than the infamous winter of 1962-63.

And this new blast of cold air heading our way has already led some supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury's to stop taking some home delivery orders in Scotland.

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "We will be having some snow from Thursday onwards as the cold air has now begun to set in.

"So if it continues cold into next week and we don't have any mild air then the snow should remain on the ground. But in terms of a white Christmas (falling snowflakes) at this point it really is hard to predict with any certainty so you will have to watch this space to find out more."

Sky Bet have slashed their white Christmas odds across the board with London on 6/4, Edinburgh 5/4, Birmingham 7/4 and Cardiff 2/1.

They are also offering a special on odds for Big Ben to fail to chime because it is frozen or has snow on its hands - these are currently on 125/1.

The last time Britain saw snow on Christmas Day was in 2009, when snow fell across Northen Ireland, Scotland, parts of Wales, the Midlands, north-east and south-west England.

There have also been warnings that this year's Christmas getaway could end in chaos as thousands of motorists take to icy roads.

Graham Smith, from Trafficmaster, said: "The weather forecast for this period is not good and if it does turn bad it could be absolute chaos as peopled are forced to make their last minute journeys in poor driving conditions."
Source Link: news.sky.com