Parts of Britain are set to be hit by 14 inches of snow in a “Nordic blast” – if some reports are to be believed.
Claims have been made that the country will be battered by more than a foot of snow in the next two weeks, with temperatures also plummeting.
However, the Met Office has poured cold water on the forecast, with the agency stating their belief that snow will largely be confined to the hills in the coming weeks.
They have said that wind and rain is more likely to be the issue to watch out for – and added that temperatures could actually be “very mild” for the time of year.
First two weeks
In their long range forecast, which covers Tuesday, January 7 to Thursday, January 16, the agency said: “It looks likely to stay unsettled across the northwest with spells of locally heavy rain and strengthening winds interspersed with scattered showers.
“These showers could turn to snow over higher ground in the north.
“Across the southeast, it should be more settled with light winds and longer drier, brighter periods with some sunshine possible at times.
“Some rain is still possible at times but any rain is likely to be short lived.”
They added: “Away from the northwest, patchy frost and fog may develop overnight and be locally slow to clear.
“Temperatures look to be above average across the north with the potential for some very mild conditions locally.
“Further south, temperatures should be be around normal for the time of year with some colder interludes possible.”
End of the month
In the final two weeks of the month, current forecasts paint a picture of strong winds and rain, with temperatures getting quite a lot colder.
But the current risk of snow is still pretty much confined to high ground.
The Met Office said: “Spells of heavy rain and strong winds look most likely across northern and western parts.
“These could be interspersed by more showery interludes where some snow could fall over higher ground.
“The best of any drier and brighter conditions appear most likely across the east and southeast.”
They added: “There is still a chance for some rain here at times.
“Temperatures look to be above average across the north with the potential for some colder spells.
“Further south, temperatures should be be around normal for the time of year but may be rather cold at times.”