You couldn’t make it up, could you?
Most bookies avoided a massive pay out on a white Christmas, but peering out of any door on December 25 would have had many bewildered at the outcome.
White stuff knee deep in places, cars stuck everywhere and a freeze-up so cold it was enough to send a chill up a polar bear’s spine.
Temperatures hit -18C in parts of Scotland and -17C in Castlederg.
The deciding factor in this market was snow to fall between midnight on Christmas Eve and midnight Christmas Day.
Only a number of regions saw snow during that period, most of them in Scotland and the north-east of England. None alas, in Northern Ireland.
Those however, who placed their bets with Paddy Power had nothing to worry about as they paid out on all regions five days before the big day.
Fair play to Paddy!