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Britain braced for more snow

Around 1cm of snow settled in parts of northern England and Scotland on Saturday, as freezing temperatures and ice swept the UK. More snow is predicted to fall today.

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Record numbers betting on White Christmas in 2012

Walkers in North Yorkshire enjoyed a White Christmas on December 25 2009. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

The white start to the month was enough to prompt record numbers of punters to place bets on snow falling on Christmas Day.

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, more money had been staked on a White Christmas yesterday than by any other December 1 in its history.

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