Odds for a White Xmas slashed

Bookmakers have shortened the odds on a white Christmas, as weather

forecasters warn of an icy blast on its way later this week. With less than a fortnight to go until Christmas, temperatures are set to drop as winds from the north bring a band of rain and high winds tomorrow. The Met Office expects the wintry weather to last, with snow very probable over the Christmas weekend. On 25 December, snow is the most likely to fall in Aberdeen, with odds

of 9/4, followed by Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with odds of 3/1

at bookmaker William Hill. For Leeds, Liverpool and London, the odds of snow falling on Christmas day are 4/1. One flake of snow must fall on monitoring stations for the payout to be made.