We’re betting on a White Christmas: What are the odds on that?

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As cold weather grips Yorkshire, bookmakers have cut odds of a White Christmas.

Temperatures dropped as low as minus 6c in parts of the county over the weekend, with some areas above 150m experiencing snow for the first time this winter.

Traditionally, the definition of a white Christmas in the UK is “a single snowflake falling during the 24 hours of Christmas Day’ at the Met Office building in London” according to the Met office, but many bookmakers will now offer odds of Christmas day snow at a variety of locations across the country.

Ladbrokes are currently offering odds of 4/1 for Doncaster and Paddypower quoting 3/1 for Leeds.

A Ladbrokes spokesman said: “The mercury looks like dropping as fast as the odds in a brutal winter.”

The last White Christmas in the UK was in 2010, with snow being recorded on the ground at 83 per cent of UK weather stations, and snow falling at 19 per cent of stations on the day.

Only three out of the last 10 Christmases in Britain have been considered white.