By EMMA REYNOLDS
Big freeze: A child runs past a wave protection dam covered in ice as the waters of the Black Sea are frozen near the shore in Constanta, Romania
Before you complain about the toe-numbing temperatures today, cast your eye a little further abroad than the light dusting of snow in your back garden.
As Britain is facing some of its first widespread flurries of snow, breathtaking images from around the world reveal gorgeous landscapes covered in ice and buried under snowdrifts.
In Eastern Europe, the Black Sea froze near the Romanian coastline and villagers in Serbia and Bosnia were airlifted from their homes after being cut off without food.
The dramatic icy weather has caused traffic chaos, power outages and even deaths all over the planet as people battle frostbite and hypothermia.
Pillars of ice: Elegant icicles cover a protective fence beside the waters of the Black Sea
Cold creatures: Amateur photographers capture the ice on a dam beside the shore, as a gull flies over the splendid landscape
Other worldly: A child picks her way through slippery rocks on the Black Sea coastline
Walking on water: Families in Romania wander across the frozen waves and take pictures of the incredible sight
Travel trouble: A ship ploughs its way through the slushy water, left, and a stray dog is likely to struggle in the chilly temperatures as the day wears on, right
Winter wonder: A group of friends hurry through the heavy snowfall on Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue, as almost 200 flights were cancelled in the city
Snow queen: A girl in a white coat feeds swans on a frosty lake in a park outside Minsk
Incongruous: Snow-covered palm trees at lake Lungolago in Lugano, Switzerland
Out walking: A man and his dogs in Athens as snowfall and frost were reported Greece for a third day, left, while a solitary figure heads along the Neris river in the Vilnius, Lithuania
Beautiful: A duck stretches its wings over a steamy pond on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus
Christmas train: A narrow-gauge railway makes its way through a snow covered forest at the Harz national park near Schierke, central Germany
Spectacular sunrise: Ice floes float down the German-Polish border river Oder during sunrise near Frankfurt Oder, Germany
Cold snap: Snow-ploughs at work during a heavy snowfall on a major road in Modena, Italy, left, while tourist admire Perugia's San Bernardino church in the snow