Met Office warnings suggest as much as eight inches of snow could settle on parts of the UK after hurricane-strength winds create a gap for the freezing weather.
Responding to the warnings, Ladbrokes now has it odds-on for parts of the UK to see snow this weekend.
The bookmaker is offering just 1/3 for snow falling anywhere in the UK on Saturday or Sunday.
And, while Scotland is the most likely destination for this weekend’s big freeze, Ladbrokes has it at just 2/1 for London to see snow too.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “All the attention so far has been on a likely White Christmas but the latest odds are suggesting we’ll see snow a lot sooner than expected as we strop ourselves in and wrap ourselves up for a potentially record-breaking December.”
Warnings for ice and up to eight inches of snow are in place across Scotland, northern England and the west into the weekend.
Scotland and the Midlands are most likely to be hit by snow showers as they start to appear across the UK on Friday.
Met Office spokesman Graham Madge said: “From Friday and through this weekend, we could see snow anywhere in the country, although accumulations are more likely in Scotland, North Wales, the West Midlands and coastal regions.
“On Sunday, we are expecting a band of rain to move across central parts of the country although as it meets cold air this could trigger further snowfall.”
The freezing weather is expected to arise after Storm Caroline leaves Britain’s shores, communities in Scotland have been warned to prepare for winds strong enough to damage trees, hurl debris and throw travel networks into chaos.
The Met Office said: “Storm Caroline will move across Scotland on Thursday and in the far north we could see winds of 90 mph with gusts reaches 70 mph to 80 mph more widely.
“The storm will affect the majority of the UK and it will be a wind day everywhere before Caroline exists from the northeast of there country leaving an opening for a cold rush of Arctic air to…