UK weather: snow prompts bets on white Christmas

Up to four inches of snow has fallen across Scotland and northern England as December gets off to bitter start

LAST UPDATED AT 12:57 ON Mon 3 Dec 2012

BOOKIES have taken a flurry of bets on a white Christmas after a snowy start to December. More snow fell on parts of Scotland and northern England overnight, with up to two inches reported in Glasgow and Edinburgh and up to four inches in the mountains.

Further south, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire escaped snow, according to the Daily Mail. Drivers here had to battle with icy conditions after rain fell on road surfaces at sub-zero temperatures.

Snow is expected to continue falling in Scotland well into the day.

Helen Chivers, a Met Office spokesperson, said: "The next couple of days will see a mixture of sunshine and showers, which could fall as sleet and snow on higher parts of Britain.

"Tuesday night into Wednesday, showers will become confined to eastern coastal counties. Then most places will be fine and dry like last week.

"Milder air will be pushing in from the West on Thursday, and there could be snow over high ground.

"For the first half of the week we will be looking at temperatures of 4C to 6C. But by Thursday we may have a sharp frost around."

Ladbrokes said more money had been staked on a white Christmas on Saturday than by any other 1 December in the bookmakers’ history, according to ITV News. · 

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