Almost a decade to the day, in November 2010 Wales experienced one of the coldest months on record.

Flights were grounded and traffic was brought to a standstill as people manoeuvred their way down slushy roads and walked gingerly down icy pavements to get to work.

Schools and shops closed, the M4 was restricted to 30mph and rubbish piled up on pavements because it couldn't be collected.

By 26 November, night time temperatures across Wales had fallen well below 0 °C, with the Sennybridge and Trawscoed recording the coldest temperatures –10.2 °C.

However this was just the start.

Workers try to keep the A4061 moving in terrible conditions
Conwy in North Wales, November 2010.

After days of sub zero temperatures, snow and ice blanketed the majority of the country with temperatures dipping to -17.3°C on November 28 in Lysdinam near Llandrindod Wells - making it colder than Greenland.

The cold snap heralded the earliest winter snowfall for 17 years with the first snowflakes being recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne on November 25 before moving south west across the border to Wales just days later.

It was the UK's coldest November spell since 1993, leading on to the coldest December since the Met Office began compiling records 100 years earlier.

While parks turned into picture perfect scenes and children enjoyed time off school, the snow wrecked havoc for thousands up and down the country.

People in the capital tried going about their business as usual despite the wintry weather
Views of Nantymoel in Bridgend on November 30 2010.
Icy conditions on the Bwlch Mountain in Neath

The AA reported that it dealt with around 12,000 breakdowns in half a day and Michael Dukes of MeteoGroup compared parts of Wales with Scandinavia, calling the weather "ridiculous".

Cardiff Council used up to 700 tons of grit (more than 20% of its salt stock) in a week and resorted to putting recycling waste into landfill to clear a backlog.

While buses still managed to run services on the main roads, the M4 was restricted to a speed limit of 30mph between junction 24 at Coldra and junction 49 in Pont Abraham - a distance of almost 65 miles.

One man from Ceredigion didn’t receive his post for more than a month. He said his small farm in Llanddewi Brefi, near Lampeter, was a “100% white out”.

A snow scene over Swansea from the Meridian tower, Swansea Marina in December 2010
Roath Park, Cardiff, in December 2010.
A street in Caerphilly, December 2010.
The A48 between Bridgend and Cardiff following heavy snow in December 2010.

Sadly the snow also proved deadly when on 30 November a man was found dead in the street in Newport —it was assumed that he froze to death after collapsing with a heart attack.

However, the November snowfall was just the start of the big freeze that would dominate the turn of the decade with further flurries being recorded well into December and heavy snow in parts of Wales on Saturday December 18.

So much so, that while there was little further snowfall, the country woke up on Christmas day to somewhat of a white Christmas as lying snow remained until 26 to 27 December.

December threw any festivities into chaos with some parts of the country being greeted by up to 12 inches of snow. It didn't stop there - with further snowfall being recorded in Wales on January 7, 2011.

A decade later, in November 2020, the forecast is comparatively mild.

Although there is currently no snowstorm in sight, Wales is due to experience a picturesque icy front with a cold front expected to bring frostier and foggier scenes across the country.

While Wales has undoubtedly had its snowy patches - none compare to the winter of 1982.

Back then, it didn't stop snowing for 36 hours!