Temperatures are expected to plummet to as low as -8C in the south today as winter officially kicks off.
Thermometers are set to slump across England and Wales throughout the rest of week as the cold snap threatens to bring a colder than average December.
Conditions are expected to become more “unsettled” by the middle of the month with low pressure sweeping across the nation.
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
According to Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts, periods of crisp sunshine and calmer weather will arrive just in time for Christmas.
Mrs Roberts said: “In the second half of the month it looks like high pressure will make a return so there will again be a lot of quiet weather around – not a lot in the way of rain or snow but there will be crisp sunshine by the end of the month and chilly frosts.
“I think most people would be generally fairly happy with that sort of weather and it”s a change from the last few Decembers and the start of winter where we had a lot of stormy whether.”