Hopes for a white Christmas were dashed last month but the coldest of the winter weather is still yet to come. 

Historically, January and February are the coldest winter months and often bring freezing temperatures, icy conditions and snow.

As Berkshire heads into the new year, many will be wondering if the county will see snow at all. 

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "There is no snow in the forecast for Berkshire at the moment. Although it will turn colder through the weekend and into next week it will be mostly dry."

The forecast shows temperatures getting colder in the week of January 1 to January 7 falling to zero degrees Celsius overnight by the end of the week, however, it is expected to remain dry over the weekend.

Into Sunday (January 7) and the new week residents can expect "broadly settled conditions", with "colder conditions and some frosty nights". Some showers are likely.

The Met Office added: "As temperatures fall, the chance of any precipitation falling as sleet and snow increases, particularly over high ground and especially over northern parts of the UK, but not exclusively so by any means. As well as frost and ice by night, some freezing fog is likely to develop as well."

From January 17 to January 31 "colder than average conditions" are expected.

"Currently the chance of widespread severe cold is still deemed low, but still the risk of impacts from cold, including ice and snow is greater than normal," the Met Office states.

According to Acuweather's long range weather forecast, temperatures could fall to -3 degrees celsius in mid January.