Should the North-east be dreaming of a White Christmas?


MOST Christmases since 1960 have seen snowfall, but it doesn’t mean treetops of Duthie Park always glisten.

The Met Office’s metric for what defines a ‘White Christmas’ is low. It only requires a single snowflake to fall.

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A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place in the North-east up until Saturday, December 23, but it doesn’t mean we’ll hear sleigh bells ringing on Santa’s big day.

Given the weather’s unpredictability heavy snowfall can’t be ruled out, but the current forecasts suggests we’ll hear more Elvis Pressley than Bing Crosby with blue skies peeking through in the North-east.

Despite the seven-degree sun beaming down on the North-east, the Met Office remains confident that there will be a White Christmas.

Speaking to The Independent, Met Office spokesperson Grahame Madge said: “We can say with a high degree of confidence it will be a white Christmas this year.

“However that does not mean we will see blankets of snow. It is more likely we will see snow in higher parts of the UK.”

Bookmakers reckon the central belt areas are most likely to see snow on the big day, priced as short as 5/4. Aberdeen isn’t far behind, at 6/4 with the same bookies.

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