It’s 10 years since whiteout conditions left Scotland in a deep freeze and a Scottish minister out of a job, recalls Sandra Dick.
Crisp and white, the first snow of winter carpeted parts of the country earlier this week, turning the landscape into a Christmas card scene to complement the early decorations and twinkling trees.
Pretty as it was, the snow was a mere light dusting compared to 10 years ago this week.
Back then, Scots were in the grip of an Arctic blast that left countless motorists trapped, airports and schools shut, university exams cancelled, and one Scottish Government minister out of a job.
As December 2010 dawned, winter arrived with a thump bringing with it Siberian winds from the north and east, up to 17 inches of snow in some areas and well below-zero temperatures.
And unfortunately for Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson, the big freeze would lead to…