After months of disruptive weather including storms and flooding, the Met Office has forecast that there is a "good chance" of freezing temperatures returning this winter.

Seven storms have battered the UK over the last three months with rain falling on saturated ground leading to widespread flooding across Norfolk.

Cold weather alerts were also issued earlier this month as temperatures plummeted below freezing and the UK Health Security Agency warned of an "increased risk of mortality".

Dereham Times: Norfolk could see snow again this winterNorfolk could see snow again this winter (Image: Denise Bradley)

The Met Office has said that although we are now seeing a milder period of weather, the long-range outlook still indicates a "good chance of a return to colder conditions".

It said: "Our long-range forecast systems suggest February will start off mild, with the chance of cold weather increasing as we go through the month and into March.

"This means we could yet see some cold weather-related impacts such as snow and ice."

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One factor influencing the weather in Norfolk this winter is Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO), which is a regular variation of the winds that blow high above the equator. 

The QBO is currently in an easterly phase, increasing the chance of cold northerly or easterly winds.

The Met Office's long-range forecast suggests that Norfolk will see the "best of any sunshine" in the country at the start of February, with colder conditions expected to develop throughout that first week.