Long-range weather forecasters are predicting the UK will be in the grip of snow and ice for much of this coming winter.
Exacta Weather provides long-range forecasts and their latest predictions show that temperatures this winter will be below average.
The forecaster said changes in the Gulf Stream and low solar activity over the last year signal a harsh winter to come.
Exacta’s current long-range forecast states: “There have been no improvements since we first reported on these changes, if anything the overall situation has worsened.
“This now means that those who like cold and snowy winters will not be disappointed this year, in particular, in the UK, Ireland and the north/east coast of the United States.
Last winter was the snowiest winter in South Yorkshire since the record-breaking winter of 2010/11.
In December 2010, more than 350 schools were shut across Nottinghamshire - a result of the worst snow since 1958.
North Nottinghamshire was the worst affected area - with 20cm of level snow being recorded in Mansfield.