Odds on White Christmas slashed as snow continues across North East

Forecasters are warning that more snow is on the way after the North East awoke to its first major snow of winter

A covering of snow in Longframlington, Northumberland

Forecasters are warning that more snow is on the way after the North East awoke to its first major snow of winter.

With still more than a month to go until the solstice and the official start of the season, large parts of the region received a dusting of the white stuff.

Though that could not deter locals from taking a walk – or even their morning exercise – in the Northumberland village of Longframlington.

A spokesman for the Met Office said that today the North East will experience bright or sunny spells but with further rain, sleet or snow showers likely. It’ll feel cold too, with a brisk north west breeze at times, and the maximum temperature will be just 7C (44F).

 

The outlook for Thursday to Saturday is pretty similar with sunshine and showers, and the showers sometimes becoming wintry over higher ground. The highest chance of snow is probably tomorrow, and then showers will become more isolated by Saturday, though the weather will continue to be often breezy with overnight frosts.

Meanwhile, bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 16/1 that temperatures will sink below the record -27.2C (-17F) before the end of April 2014.

That record was first set in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, in 1895 and repeated in 1982.

And the odds on a white Christmas in London have been slashed to as low as 5/1.

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