Are you dreaming of a white Easter?

Are you dreaming of a white Easter?

It's on track to be the coldest March in 50 years, and now it looks like this weekend's snow will still be around on Easter Sunday.

Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told AOL Travel: "There is no sign of warmer weather as we near the Easter weekend and move into Spring. It looks like the easterly flow and cold high pressure block over Scandinavia will persist until early April and snowmen made this weekend will likely still be around for Easter weekend.

"It will stay mainly dry next week, so no more heavy snowfalls, just lighter showers. There will be some severe night frosts from Tuesday onwards, and temperatures below minus 10C are likely."

Bookies have now slashed their odds on a white Easter, with Ladbrokes cutting the odds to 4/5.

Ladbrokes' spokesman Alex Donohue told the Daily Mail: "We've never seen so many bets on a white Easter. People up and down the land are banking on the snowfall continuing into next weekend."

It's quite a change from last year, as 2012 was the sunniest March since 1929.

The Daily Mail reports that yesterday temperatures peaked at 2C, but this time last year we were enjoying highs of 22C.

The bitterly cold weather has already claimed thousands of lives: The Daily Mail reports that about an extra 2,000 dealths were registered in the first two weeks of March, compared with the average for the same period over the past five years. For February, 3,057 extra deaths were registered in England and Wales, compared with the five-year average.

Blizzards caused havoc across much of the country yesterday. Snow drifts reached 15ft in parts of Cumbria, power lines were down in Northern Ireland, Scotland and North Wales and a number of airports, including East Midlands, Leeds and Humberside were temporarily closed for snow and ice to be cleared.

A Met Office spokesman told the Daily Mail: "The signals are that temperatures will start to return to normal after Easter."

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Easter holidays: UK days out with the kids
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Are you dreaming of a white Easter?

For a fabulous family drive, head for Lanarkshire, where the ancient hunting lodge and grounds of Chatelherault await you this April. Located a short distance from Edinburgh and Glasgow, the attraction makes for a great day out, whether you want to learn about the past or get active outdoors. 

Explore stunning south-west England this Easter with Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's activity break package, which includes one night's bed and breakfast and 1 activity of your choice for £99pp. Activites include coasteering, caving, kayaking, golf and much more. Two day and three day packages are also available. The resort is ideally located for exploring historic Dartmouth and the delights of South Devon.

Wey & Arun Canal has made sure kids can make the most of the great outdoors this Easter with two free quiz sheets that make walking along the canal more interesting. The quizzes will give your children the chance to learn about the canal and its surroundings in a fun way. Quiz sheets are available from the Canal Centre beside the Onslow Arms at Loxwood.

Head to the stunning surrounds of the Lake District to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and see the landscape that inspired some of the best-loved children's books of all time. Join Peter Rabbit and forage for 50 limited edition ceramic eggs on 1 April. There will also be a mini treaseure hunt in the garden on 5 April. Admission to park costs £6.95 for adults and £3.65 for children.

Ok, so this one isn't for the kids per se, but we're sure they won't complain when you stop here for lunch. The Black Swan in Cheshire is a family-friendly pub, where you can relax and feast on dishes like fish and chips, beef burgers and steak. The cosy pub is decorated in chic interiors and it's dog-friendly too. So when the kids have been to their favourite attractions and it's time for the adults to take a break, head for this cute pub in the Cheshire countryside.

If your teens love stories about England's past, a Jack the Ripper Secret London walking tour is a must this Easter. You'll be whisked through London's streets, learning about the most intriguing characters, like Jack the Ripper, Dick Turpin and Samuel Pepys, and even braver explorers can sample some of the capital's jellied eels! £30 from buyagift's experience days

Visit Carmarthenshire in Wales, the home of Cwmcrwth Farm, a small rare breed farm nestled in rolling hills, which offers idyllic farm stays for all ages. There are four-star self-catering holiday cottages so you can relax and enjoy the peaceful Welsh countryside and small children will love the hands-on experience of feeding piglets, collecting fresh eggs and visiting the ponies, sheep and goats at the farm.

For a weather-proof family day out this Easter, look no further than the underground attractions of Wales, where you can discover the secrets hidden under the surface, explore mines and caves that lurk deep below the rocks and visit wonderful attractions like Sygun Copper Mine, Electric Mountain and King Arthur's Labyrinth.

Explore the gross and grisly side of science at Waltham Abbey's Royal Gunpowder Mills this Easter with a host of explosive, fun-packed activities. Professor Nitrate will show you repulsive and revolting experiments from the past and you'll get involved in all sorts of mess and mayhem in the Mad Lab.

Love the idea of cooking with your kids but hate the idea of the washing up? Harts Barn has the answer. Sign up for the Children's Easter Baking class where parents and their little ones can take part in a fun-filled morning of cooking and baking. Each class will have recipes to take home so you can build a recipe folder and all items cooked or baked are taken home to share. Class runs on 28 March and costs £25.00.

Take the family to York, the UK's home of chocolate, this Easter where they can get learn all about the York's Chocolate Story. The attraction features an interactive tour of York's confectionary heritage and you'll be given plenty of opportunities to sample choccy delights. £29.50 for a family of four.

Take the kids back in time at Arundel Castle. Set in The Keep and Barbican at Arundel Castle, Raven Tor Living History Group will be creating an authentic representation of 12th Century England through a series of events, displays and activities this Easter. Set against the backdrop of Arundel Castle, a key Norman strategy point steeped in 1000 years of history, families can try on armour, watch archery and falconry demonstrations and learn abou the castle's past. 28-29 March.

Join the team at the Llanelli Wetland Centre from the 28 March to 13 April for some outdoor Easter exploration. Build your own den out of willow twigs from the wetlands, go pond dipping for newts and great diving beetles, enjoy a close-up look at the flock of Caribbean flamingos using binoculars and telescopes, get creative with Easter-themed craft activities and take part in the Great Duck Hunt. Adults £8.14; children £4.50, under-fours free.

Visit a Gulliver's this holiday for a host of Easter activities for the whole family like egg hunts, the Easter Bunny Parade and the Big Bunny Bounce. There will even be an appearance from the Easter Bunny himself. Experience the ultimate family day out at the Easter Eggstravaganza at Gulliver's on 5 April. Adults and children £15.00 each.

Get swept away on the beautiful Suffolk coastline this Easter and join in Woodbridge's most anticipated annual event: the Elmhurst Park Easter Egg Hunt. Taking place on 4 April, participants scramble to find one of the whopping 500 eggs that have been hidden all over the park.


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