The 1st December marks the start of the Meteorological Winter.
With this now just a couple of days away the Met Office have issued their long range outlook for the months of December to February.
They suggest the early part of the season is more likely than usual to be cold. This means a higher risk of wintry weather during December and into January.
More standard winter weather is still marginally more likely.
But, the risk of cold conditions at the start of winter is greater than it has been in recent years.
At the moment there appears to be a shift towards less risk of cold conditions later in the winter.