A few of today's papers have warned us that the snowpocalypse is coming:
Of course snow is serious business and we do need to be warned. Better safe than sorry and so on. Fortunately, the elderly readers of The Express probably still have all the tinned food and bottled water they bought-in last time the snowpocalypse was forecast, or even from the time before that.
The Mirror tells us this new ice age is set to last three weeks:
Putting aside a discussion as to whether wintery conditions can really be classed as "freak" when they arrive in January, it seem this time there really is snow on the way.
So get ready for wall-to-wall snow news days and maybe put a hat on.
However, it should be pointed out the Met Office's official line on wintergeddon isn't quite as dramatic as The Express made it sound. They also don't quite support the Mirror's "three weeks" claims:
"Whilst temperatures are set to be much lower than the last week or so, there is a lot of uncertainty about how long the cold weather will stay with us and exactly which areas of the UK will see snow.
"The reason for the cold weather is that an area of high pressure develops over Scandinavia, allowing cold air from the Baltic and western Russia to move towards the UK. At the same time milder air and Atlantic weather systems are trying to push in from the west, leaving the UK as the battle ground where they meet.
Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: "All parts of the UK will see cold weather setting in over the weekend. We can expect sleet and snow showers to affect eastern areas at times, but with a battle developing between the cold air in the east and mild air pushing in from the west, no one should be surprised to see sleet or snow over the weekend and next week."