This weekend could see a respite from the cold for parts of the UK, with forecasters predicting milder conditions for a few days.
That means the first chance to wet a line for many pike anglers, with hopes the fish will feed if the ice clears from their local waters.
Tonight the Met Office said daytime temperatures could reach highs of 8C in some places, which will allow a slow thaw of lying snow. But Arctic conditions are expected to return through the new working week.
Met Office chief forecaster Andy Page said: "The UK is not out of the woods as far as the cold weather is concerned.
"There is a risk of widespread icy conditions tonight and tomorrow, especially across northern parts of the British Isles.
"Although there is a brief recovery of temperatures over the coming days, cold north easterly winds are expected to bring a return to the cold conditions next week with the risk of snow, especially in the north and east."Click here for latest forecasts.