We had our first real cold snap of the winter last week, with temperatures dipping below freezing on Monday night and an overnight frost.

It was the first real reminder we've had of the cold months that stretch ahead.

So here, just to get you ready, are a few photos from winters past. Wrap up warm...

1. March 6, 1963: Floodwater jams pack ice against the arches of Tadcaster bridge. Knowing what happened to the bridge in the Boxing day floods of 2015 this photograph now seems oddly prophetic

2. December 31, 1968: A stranded vehicle in the East Riding. But it is the hedges running diagonally across the bottom of the photo and the tractor tracks across the top that create the patterns which make this such a dramatic photo

3. December 7, 1973: Bootham schoolboy Guy Mailing breaks up the thin layer of ice covering the River Ouse

4. February 13, 1978: the statue fountain in Station Rise wears an icy veil

5. February 8, 1986: Linesman Jim Pennock and his crew from the NEEB check for faults on power lines in the Wolds near Malton

6. January 13, 1987: Locals try out their sledges at Terrington Bank

7. January 23, 1988: Shoppers make their way through heavy snow in Coney Street

8. February 24, 1988: Blizzard-like conditions in Coney Street

Stephen Lewis