Bookmakers Slash Odds On White Christmas

  • 2nd December 2016
Bookmakers Slash Odds On White Christmas

With weather stations forecasting a big freeze and temperatures already plummeting to as low as -6 bookmakers have cut the odds of a white Christmas in the UK. The fall in temperature has coincided nicely with the time of the year leading up to Christmas and it has got the punters hoping for snowfall on Christmas day.

Bookmakers Slash Odds On White Christmas

Snow is seen in most of the Christmas movies, yet the British public rarely see any snowfall on December 25th. Even though few stations recorded snowfall in 2013, you have to go back to 2010 for the last time the majority of the country saw a white Christmas, with 83% of the met office’s observation stations recording snowfall. There has however been snow recorded on 38 Christmas Days in the last 54 years albeit with the most part coming in northern locations mainly Scottish cities, North Wales and the North-East.

It’s no surprise to see that the Scottish airports are top of the market, especially with the north being known for its cold temperatures. When the market was first opened snow to be recorded in Aberdeen was priced at 4/1 but the Aberdeen International Airport is now the main favourite and is as short as 9/4 at Sky Bet.  Aberdeen is not the only Scottish city that has had its odds dropped with other Scottish cities having their price cut in the last few weeks; Glasgow and Edinburgh have both shortened and are into 11/4 at Sky Bet.

Oddschecker recently said that around a third of the bets on the market have been on Birmingham. Birmingham is currently 7/1 at William Hill although Paddy Power has priced it at 4/1 and Sky Bet has it priced at 9/2. The current English favourite city is Newcastle and is currently 3/1 on Sky Bet. It is less likely that there will be snow recorded down south come the 25th; however London’s odds have been shortening each week. When the market opened in September, London was a general 9/1 shot but now it has dropped to 7/2 at Paddy Power. The biggest odds on offer are for Cardiff, which is priced up at 8/1 on Coral even though it is only 4/1 on Sky Bet.