Britain was hit by freezing temperatures today as the first blizzards of the season hit the north. Overnight and during rush hour this morning much of the north of Scotland and parts of Yorkshire were hit by wintry conditions forcing drivers to slow to a crawl.
But, says The Daily Mail, forecasters are not predicting a prolonged early cold snap with temperatures set to climb back to the seasonal average by the weekend.
That is as maybe. It is only October and we have a long winter ahead. Even ooop North, in the frozen wastelands of Yorkshire where the sun never shines and they all have funny accents, to get snow at this time of year is not that common.
Already, though, we can say with confidence, "global warming" is on probations. A heavy drop of the white stuff will confine it to the dustbin.