White Christmas odds slashed as polar ice looms and experts predict big freeze

Brits could be in for an idyllic white Christmas as Arctic temperatures are set to blow over during the festive break.

Bookies have slashed odds on snow on December 25 as forecasters predict cold snaps and wintery showers ahead of the big day.

Experts said that low pressure from the Arctic is set to bring icy temperatures over the next week – and potentially snow.

Blankets of the white stuff could cause travel havoc for Brits ahead of the festivities.

The Met Office said that from next week the weather will be mostly unsettled, with blustery showers and brighter spells for much of the UK.

Brits have already seen the first snow of winter, with swathes of Scotland and the north of England experiencing plummeting temperatures and coatings.

Bookies have cut the odds of a White Christmas, with Ladbrokes saying: “Punters are dreaming of a White Christmas and that may well be the case as the odds continue to tumble with the temperatures."

According to The Express as much as 4cm of the white stuff could fall on the big day.

Parts Scotland could experience a white Christmas morning with temperatures set to fall as low as -7C in central Scotland, with Fort William predicted to be -3C and Aberdeen -2C.

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The cold front will arrive on Thursday next week, with -2C forecast in Scotland.

Meanwhile, further south, there is a strong possibility of more settled conditions and slightly warmer temperatures.

Newcastle is still forecast to freeze on Christmas Day, with southern regions predicted to hit 5C.

Amy Hodgson, Senior Meteorologist from The Weather Company, told The Express temperatures could plunge on higher ground this Christmas.

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"Overall we expect temperatures to remain above average next week and into the week commencing December 21, around 2 to 5 degrees above normal for the time of year," she said.

“Confidence drops significantly towards Christmas with a range of different model solutions.

"At present, temperatures are forecast to drop to near average for the time of year through the end of December, with conditions expected to be changeable.”

The Met Office's long range forecast also predicted that Christmas week could be snowy.

The forecast said: "Outbreaks of rain or showers are still expected at times, mainly in southern and western parts, which may become wintry on high ground, and perhaps at lower levels at times.

"Temperatures are likely to be around average for this time of year, however, there remains chance of turning colder again later in the period."

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