16:20 Friday 20 December 2013

Odds of a white Christmas tumbling

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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FORECASTERS have refused to rule out the possibility of a white Christmas in Burton and South Derbyshire.

While people are unlikely to wake up to a blanket of thick snow on Christmas morning, weather experts have said the region could see some wintery weather.

Odds on the region experiencing a white Christmas have shortened, with Ladbrokes, which has branches in Burton and Swadlincote, currently offering 7/1 on snowfall in Staffordshire on Christmas Day.

Bosses at bookmakers will be keeping their fingers crossed that the clouds hold firm as they take their annual flurry of bets.

For anyone fancying a festive flutter, Ladbrokes will pay out if the Met Office confirms a single snowflake falls in the county during Christmas Day.

The chances of a white Christmas had seemed remote earlier this week with wind and rain expected to be an unwelcome Christmas visitor after what has up to now been an unseasonably mild winter.

But with a noticeable chill in the air in the last couple of days which has seen motorists reaching for the de-icer, weather experts are promising a cold Christmas.

And together with the presence of showers in the icy air they said it could provide the perfect conditions to see the precipitation turn wintery.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Looking towards Christmas Eve and Christmas Day it is going to be a bit colder, with some colder air moving in.

“It will be slightly below or average for this time of the year with less wind heading into Christmas Day.

“There is a chance is some places could see a white Christmas .

“We know we are going to see some showers. If we get colder air they could turn to snow, but if there is warmer air it is less likely.

“Places that are higher up are more likely to see snow.

“The Midlands is fairly flat but it could still see some - there is still a chance of a white Christmas.”

While the odds of a white Christmas may be tumbling, the Midlands remains among the most unlikely areas to witness snowfall.

Odds of snowfall in Glasgow and Edinburgh have been slashed to 2/1.

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