Those heading for the British slopes with their skiwear may be in for a good February as the Met Office has tipped a cold and snowy start to the month.
In its blog, the organisation has stated this time of year is balanced 50-50 between a continuation of the mild weather seen in January and more traditionally cold winter weather, with lots of snow and ice.
The current forecast is now suggesting a colder early February is most likely, but not certain, while there is no way of telling what the later part of the month will bring.
What transpires depends whether the prevailing winds are warmer westerly ones blowing across the Atlantic, or easterlies heading in from Russia, with these being "finely balanced" so that it is impossible to be sure which will have the most influence at any time.
In Scotland, conditions for today (January 26th) have been improved in many places by fresh snow, with this being reported at the Nevis Range, Glencoe and Cairngorm resorts.