The Punter: It’s snow joke for bookies
Under the current freeze, the idea of snow on Christmas Day would appear to be more likely than not.
Of course the weather is always unpredictable but the forecast for the white stuff falling on that day throughout Britain is above average.
Leading firm William Hill are facing a payout of over €100,000 if the snow returns to Ireland.
Bookies started betting on a White Christmas more than 30 years ago and it has now become a very popular market for those who like a traditional punt.
Betting is available across various regions with Belfast available at 7-2 — much shorter than in previous years.
The favourite is Aberdeen at 9-4 and with the weather in Scotland as it is, that looks a distinct possibility.
Snow at Christmas (William Hill): 9-4 Aberdeen (Pittodrie); 3-1 Edinburgh (Castle), Glasgow (Cathedral), Newcastle (Albermarle); 7-2 Belfast (Aldergrove Airport), Dublin (airport); 4-1 Galway (airport), London (Buckingham Palace); 9-2 Birmingham (Bullring), Cardiff (Millennium Stadium), Exeter (Met Office), Leeds (William Hill Office), Manchester (Granada Studio), Cambridge (Andrewsfield), Bristol (Filton), Lincoln (Waddington), Liverpool (Albert Dock), Norwich (Marham), Nottinghamshire (Watnall), York (Church Fenton). Others on on request.