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Carabao Cup final may be ‘ABANDONED’ due to UK snow after shock weather forecast
- Updated: February 23, 2018
BOOKIES are taking bets on the Carabao Cup final being abandoned after Brits were warned to expect ‘significant snowfall’ over the next few days.
Manchester City and Arsenal go head-to-head at Wembley at 4.30pm on Sunday, which could be played out in tricky conditions.
It today emerged that Britain is set to be hit by a frighteningly freezing vortex, called the “Beast from the East”, which could bring the coldest spell for “several years”.
Temperatures are forecast to fall today and continue to do so through the weekend, according to meteorologist Aidan McGivern.
The Met Office, meanwhile, have issued yellow weather warnings for London and the south-east with snow expected.
McGivern explained: “A southeasterly breeze as we begin Friday is going to become a little stronger, and that is one difference we will notice on Friday afternoon compared to Thursday, the brisk winds making it feel particularly chilly.
“Temperatures on the thermometer will be three to six degrees Celsius but in that breeze, it will feel closer to freezing.
“However there will be long spells of sunshine, virtually everywhere will stay dry under a huge area of high pressure to the north-east of the UK.
“We keep an easterly breeze as we go into the UK, so it is a weekend of sunny skies but also chilly temperatures.
“The wind is coming from a chilly continent but it is not tapping into the really cold air, that is to come later in the weekend.”
Friday and Saturday will remain mostly dry and sunny for Britons before the onslaught of cold batters the country on Carabao Cup final day.
Ladbrokes make it a 7/2 shot that snow falls on the Wembley pitch during the final and 25/1 says the Big Freeze forces officials to call the game off.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: ‘The odds suggest there’s more chance of snow falling during Sunday’s game than Arsenal beating City in 90 minutes, and at 25/1, we’re not completely ruling out the chances of the game being abandoned.’
The cold snap is likely to mirror freezing weather seen in March 2013 – the second coldest March in more than 100 years.