Scots have received over £15 million in cold weather payments due to the recent freeze out.
The Beast from the East is partially responsible for handouts being over 20 times what they were last year.
Over 621,000 have already been made since November 1.
Payments kick in for those on certain benefits if the temperature drops to 0°C or under for seven consecutive days.
Under the Social Fund Cold Weather Payments scheme, individuals who are most vulnerable to horrific weather conditions will receive an extra £25 to help heat their homes.
The scheme runs from November 1 to the end of March each year, with payments being made automatically when the mercury dips too low.
Those eligible include families with disabled members, or those with children under five who are in receipt of certain benefits, as well as people on Pension Credit.
Areas affected the worst so far include Aberdeenshire, Perth, Falkirk and Paisley.
Payments last winter, which was much milder, went to around 32,000 households. That cost about £700,000 – 22 times less than this time round.