After some heavy snow last December, many will be wondering if similarly frozen conditions can be expected for Scotland this January.

The Met Office and other meteorological organisations like WXCharts have released their forecasts for the month, painting a rather mixed picture over the next couple of weeks.

With the new year in full swing, here are the weather forecasts for Scotland this month.

Will Scotland get snow this January as Met Office and WXCharts release forecasts?

Peeblesshire News: WXCharts predicts snow in some western parts of Scotland this January.WXCharts predicts snow in some western parts of Scotland this January. (Image: WXCharts)

According to WXCharts, Scotland will experience some heavy snow later in the month with much of this being focused in western and central parts of the country.

This heavy snow is predicted to arrive on Thursday, January 18 with up to 2cm of snow set to fall (per hour) in some places.

Much of this will then begin moving southward, seeing regions in Northern England affected.

On January 19, snowfall is also predicted in some northern parts of Scotland with towns like Fort William set to see snowy and icey conditions.

Peeblesshire News: Snow is then predicted in some northern parts of Scotland.Snow is then predicted in some northern parts of Scotland. (Image: WXCharts)

The Met Office's long-range forecast remains less certain, stating that between Wednesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 31, "there is an increased chance of colder than average conditions."

It adds: "Currently the chance of widespread severe cold is still deemed low, but still the risk of impacts from cold, including ice and snow is greater than normal."

The forecast goes on to say: "While there is a chance of brief, unsettled spells, which would bring milder air for a time, it would likely also be accompanied by a period of sleet or snow."

However, speaking of their long-range forecast, the Met Office notes that predictions could change, especially when looking so far into the future.

It states: "When looking at forecasts beyond five days into the future the chaotic nature of the atmosphere starts to come into play."

It adds: "Whilst we can still forecast the general feel of the weather to a relatively high level of accuracy using our ensemble models, it becomes harder to offer local detail to as high a level of accuracy as our shorter range forecasts."