Whisper it but there’s a hint – just a hint – of snow for Christmas Day.
It might not be a full blown white Christmas but there might be enough to take money off the bookies.
Examiner weather expert Paul Stevens says the latest 14-day forecasts predict colder weather coming from the North in time for Christmas Eve.
While not making any rash promises Paul said: “The latest predictions say there is a lot of cold air massing for the end of December.
“As we come to the end of the first month of winter there could be colder incursions giving the possibility of snow at quite low levels.
“I’m not saying there will definitely be snow on Christmas Day but there’s just a hint that on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day the weather could turn quite seasonal with the hint of the odd snow shower.”
Much of the rest of December is likely to be wet and windy but all it takes is a single snowflake on Christmas Day to win white Christmas bets.
Bookies slashed the odds on snowfall on Christmas Day after a “flurry” of bets as far back as October.
Kirsty McCabe, senior meterologist at The Weather Channel UK, said while most snow falls between January and March, statistically the odds are pretty good for a white Christmas.
All it takes for a white Christmas is for a single snowflake to fall on a number of official locations within a 24-hour period. These include Buckingham Palace, Edinburgh Castle, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and Coronation Street in Manchester.
Over the last 55 years there have been 38 white Christmases. Already laying snow doesn’t count and a Dickensian blanket of snow is much rarer, happening only a handful of times over the past half century.
Kirsty said snow needs cold air and moisture and added: “Our coldest winter weather comes from the Arctic Circle to the north or Siberia to the east.
“The longer we are exposed to air coming from these directions the colder it will get. But a plunge of cold air isn’t enough. We need to get moisture from somewhere to produce the snow.
“The battleground of contrasting air masses can produce snow but it’s a fine line between rain, sleet and snow.
“Surprisingly, the air temperature doesn’t need to be below zero for snow to fall, below 2C is cold enough. In fact the heaviest snowfalls tend to occur between zero and 2C.”
The last white Christmas was 2010 but Kirsty isn’t committing herself about this year.
“With the dominant weather pattern for December looking likely to continue as unsettled with weather systems coming off the Atlantic that would keep the UK on the mild side and the chances of snow much lower,” she said.
“But if the jet stream moves to allow colder Arctic air in then we could well get that all important festive snowflake.”