Scotland recorded the coldest night of the year on Wednesday with temperatures plummeting to below -10C.
The wintry weather saw extremely icy conditions across much of Scotland with the Highlands village of Drumnadrochit recording -10.4C.
Dalwhinnie has recorded -8C while -7.5C was recorded in Balmoral.
STV’s meteorologist Sean Batty said the country currently has “perfect conditions for extreme lows” with “fresh snow, clearing skies and light winds”.
He also warned that the cold spell is set to continue.
He said: “Thursday night will see temperatures again drop to lows around -8C in the north and east Highlands, but there will be a slow recovery in the coming days.
“The cold spell has been a short sharp severe spell for the north of the country with the deepest snow in a few years along with these extreme lows, which comes off the back of the longer cold spell we had in mid-December.
“Temperatures are set to recover significantly this weekend with the Highlands getting highs around 9C by Sunday and central Scotland back into double figures.
“The rest of January looks like being mainly dominated by a westerly air flow which should keep prevent any significant snowfall or extreme lows for the next week or so.”
A Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice remains in place for the north and Orkney and Shetland until Friday morning.