London and Dublin have had their odds slashed on having a white Christmas in 2011 after the first snowfalls in the UK were recorded on Monday 5th December 2011. Odds for North America are very slim indeed as a cold snap has been forecast for parts of the USA post-Thanksgiving.
Madrid, Barcelona and Paris have the longest odds from Paddypower, the Irish bookmaker, at 10/1. The Northern UK cities of Blackpool, Leeds and Manchester are all expected to see a sprinkling of the white stuff over Yuletide with odds of 3/1.
Severe weather warnings have been issued by the UK’s Met Office as deep snow is expected in Western and Northern Scotland over the coming week, as well as Northern Ireland. Met Éireann has issued weather warnings as it expects sleet and showers in Ulster and north Connacht as well as gales at the coasts from Slyne Head to Fair Head to Carnsore Point and the Irish Sea.
The UK Met Office’s long forecast anticipates snow on higher ground in Northern parts of the UK over Christmas.