Winter well and truly arrived in the north-east over the weekend as temperatures plummeted.
The brisk conditions were great news for snow sports fans who packed out the region’s slopes in the Cairngorms and Glenshee.
And forecasters have warned the freezing weather could lead to snow returning to some parts of the countryside.
Aboyne experienced the worst of the cold snap in the north-east, with overnight temperatures of -8.4C, Saturday into Sunday.
While Kinbrace, in Sutherland, was the coldest part of the country, with the mercury dropping to -11.8C during the same period, the lowest recorded temperature since last January.
The Met Office said the wintry weather is not out of the ordinary for this time of year, but also said it may be a bigger shock to the system after the region enjoyed an unusually mild December.
Last night, forecasters said there remained uncertainty surrounding the weather picture over the next few days.
There is milder air that could potentially move in from the south-west of the country today.
And, at the same time, a band of rain could also come to the region which might turn to snow in southern parts of Aberdeenshire.
Moving into tonight and tomorrow, the situation is likely to improve with brighter, warmer weather on the way.
Cloud cover overnight will stop temperatures falling much below -1C or -2C in Aberdeen, with -3C possible for Moray and more northern parts of Aberdeenshire.
During the day, forecasters say the skies will be bright overhead, with the best of the sunshine in Moray and north Aberdeenshire.
The milder spell will continue overnight into Wednesday, with more cloud cover preventing Aberdeen from getting much lower than below freezing, and Aberdeenshire and Moray hitting -2C or -3C.
Daytime temperatures will rise to 4C in Aberdeen and 2 or 3C in Moray and Aberdeenshire.
However, last night the Met Office said there were no guarantees in terms of the weather the region will face.
Meteorologist Graeme Whipps said: “There is still uncertainty, this will depend on what cloud cover the region experiences.”