Many parts of Northern Ireland experienced a delayed White Christmas yesterday, thanks to the arrival of Storm Bella.
The sudden cold snap is expected to stay for most of this week, with strong northerly winds bringing sunny spells alongside wintry showers and frost and ice at night.
On Boxing Day the winds reached nearly 60mph in Tyrone and Katesbridge, so we are still (in the words of the famous Christmas carol and poem) very much in "the bleak midwinter."
Many people dream romantically of a white Christmas, and indeed the snow and ice make the scenes in town and countryside very appealing.
However, the downside of all this sparkling winter beauty includes blocked roads, slippery pavements, frozen pipes, ice injuries and verges piled with slush.
Nevertheless, as pictures by our photographer Kevin Scott show, snow-lovers young and old need no encouragement to brave the icy conditions in search of some much-needed festive fun.