We say this with a large pinch of salt (which might be handy for the ice), but reports are emerging of record-breaking snowfall expected for November.
The report has come from The Daily Express, which said: "Heavy wintry showers are expected to cause widespread chaos with below-average temperatures possibly lingering until February." The report added there could be much disruption in this "horror winter scenario".
Far be it from BikeBiz to question this esteemed publication’s report – we’ll leave that to the experts.
The Met Office responded: "What the Daily Express has failed to explain to its readers is that there is absolutely no certainty about what weather the UK will see over the winter period. The science simply does not exist to make detailed, long-term forecasts for temperature and snowfall even for the end of November, let alone for the winter period, which does not officially start until 1 December…It is far too early to tell.
"We saw similar headlines last year and instead winter 12/13 ended up being only the 43rd coldest on record with an average temperature of 3.3C and flooding until the turn of the year.
So it seems the jury is still out on whether it’s going to be another winter where stocking sledges and studded winter tyres is a must for bike dealers in the UK.