Britain is odds on for a white Christmas after eight inches of snow is predicted for this weekend – with temperatures colder than Moscow.
Parts of high ground in northern Scotland are facing a thick blanket of snow overnight on Saturday as Arctic winds sweep through the nation after Storm Barney.
And the bitterly cold weather means we’re facing the lowest odds this year for a white Christmas.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes says: “As Barney continues to huff and puff the odds of a white Christmas keep falling by the minute.”
The chilly conditions are being blamed on the coldest Atlantic temperatures since records began 80 years ago, with Northern England and Scotland in for especially “full-on cold spells,” according to AccuWeather.
And there are fears of travel chaos during the festive season, with London set for five days of snow or ice.
AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said: “We’ll see full-on cold spells.
“Northern England faces colder-than-normal periods, some of which could affect southern England, and Scotland is forecast a colder than normal winter.
“Given recent past winters’ minimum temperatures of -8C to -21C, lows of that level are possible this winter.”
A Ladbrokes spokesman added: “The mercury looks like dropping as fast as the odds in a brutal winter.”
The winter chill is due to a cold 1,500-mile wide swathe of the North Atlantic starting 500 miles west of Britain.
The tranche of ocean is the coldest since records began before 1935, and forecast to cool Britain’s usual mild westerly winds.