Sheffield’s dreaming of a white Christmas – and it could still come true.
With two weeks to go until the big day, bookies are set to slash the odds of the white stuff falling over South Yorkshire on Thursday, December 25.
And with the Met Office predicting falling temperatures ahead of the weekend, it might be worth having the sledge on standby.
Ladbrokes have given Sheffield a 5/1 shot that it will get a festive dusting of snow this year.
Jessica Bridge, a spokeswoman for the bookmaker, said: “The weather outside is frightful, and unfortunately the odds suggest it’s going to stay that way over the next few months.
“However, for those looking at the bright side, the cold snap is at least on course to bring joy to the UK with a white Christmas this year.
“The odds are dropping as quick as the mercury, and it won’t be long before the odds of festive snow are slashed.”
Meanwhile, Dan Williams, of the Met Office, said it is too early to predict what may happen on Christmas Day, but the 30-day outlook indicates our region is set for some unsettled weather.
He said: “It’s too early to say at the moment whether or not we will have a white Christmas.
“With snow, just a few fractions of a degree can make the difference between rain and snow and it’s just not possible to get a detailed forecast for that far ahead.”
He said today’s top temperature was set to be 6C, dipping to 3-4C overnight.
By tomorrow night, the skies will clear and the mercury is set to dip as low as 0C.
Rupert Adams, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill, said bets for a white Christmas have been flurrying in from across the region.
He said: “We are even money – so you would double your money – that it will snow anywhere in the UK of the 15 cities we currently bet on.
“We think there’s a great chance of snow, which is fantastic news for white Christmas fans.
“We have seen the number of bets on a white Christmas increase by 500 per cent this week and since 2010, which is the last time we paid out a lot of money, it’s looking as good as it has done.”
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