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Snow gives Scots a white Christmas

Glasgow on Christmas Day
The Met Office said that snow has been confirmed in Glasgow

Flakes of snow have fallen on Glasgow on Christmas morning, giving the city its first white Christmas since 2004.

An official white Christmas requires a single flake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December.

The Met Office said that snow has been confirmed in Glasgow and was forecast for Edinburgh and the north east.

Forecasters have issued a severe warning of widespread ice across much of the country and more snow across southern and central Scotland.

Anyone planning to use the roads on Christmas Day have been advised to plan their journey carefully and check the Traffic Scotland website.

Although Friday will be quiet on the roads, gritters will continue to salt the icy surfaces.

'Treacherous conditions'

The A93 at the Spittal of Glenshee and the A90 have both reopened after being closed because of ice.

BBC Scotland's weather presenter Gail McGrane warned of the possibility of "treacherous conditions" through southern and central Scotland, with between 5cm to 10cms of snow in places.

She said the north and north east of the country were also likely to see further snow showers, chiefly Aberdeenshire, Moray, East Highlands and the Islands.

Initially they will be heavy and frequent but ease with time, and become confined to the Northern Isles.

Towards evening, a band of rain, sleet and snow will reach Galloway and during the evening and night, this wet weather will push across the southern uplands, into the central lowlands.

Bookmakers had been expecting to pay out on one of the nation's favourite annual wagers, with William Hill making Aberdeen the odds-on favourite to see snow at 4/6. Edinburgh and Glasgow were offered at 10/11.

Coral's David Stevens said: "It was odds-on that there would be snow in Glasgow, so punters have something to cheer, but overall we've escaped a festive hammering, and it's a happy Christmas for the bookies."


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