It's unlikely we will get a white Christmas in Huddersfield.

That’s the forecast from Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens less than a week away from the big day.

But he is expecting some early frost on December 25 - and a return to colder weather from Boxing Day onwards.

The definition used most widely, notably by those placing and taking bets on a white Christmas, is for a single snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of December 25 at a specified location.

Traditionally the location was the Met Office building in London. However, with the increase in betting on where will see a white Christmas the number of locations have increased and can now include Buckingham Palace, Belfast (Aldergrove Airport), Aberdeen, Edinburgh Castle, Coronation Street in Manchester and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Ladbrokes have offered odds of 4/1 on a white Christmas in West Yorkshire while they are down at 2/1 in Scotland.

Mr Stevens, of Salendine Nook, believes December 25 will start with a sharp frost but the rest of the day will be much milder, with rain spreading in later in the day.

 

“It is still a week away and some of the forecasting models are coming up with different ideas, but in general it looks as though we will not be having a white Christmas here.

“The run up to Christmas saw us get very mild temperatures today, well into double figures, but it will turn colder and brighter on Friday and Saturday.

“Sunday sees another cold front heading our way and that will stick with us up to Christmas Eve, with cold temperatures.

“There is a good chance Christmas Day will start with a frost but it will turn milder during the day and we could see some rain”.

He said another cold spell from the south will hit the area on Boxing Day and that is likely to stay until the New Year, with temperatures dropping below freezing at night.

That will mean a December of average temperatures but also a wetter than normal month.