A north-east council has issued a deadline for residents applying for free salt bags.
The local authority announced the deadline for applications will be November 1.
The offer, part of its winter plan, was introduced in 2012-13, which allows community groups to request a one-tonne bag of salt as an alternative to salt bins.
Those seeking a community bag must have a secure location to store the bag, such as a driveway, and access for the delivery lorry.
It will not be possible to drop off the bags on footpaths, roads or grassy areas.
The drop-off location and storage space will be viewed by the council before the salt is delivered.
The city council website advises that a 10-litre household bucket will hold the same amount of salt that a gritter uses to treat a third of the pavements on Union Street.
Treating an area of footpath before bad weather comes can be very effective in preventing snow lying and ice forming.
The local authority previously revealed that by early December last year there was an “unprecedented demand” for salt bags with a total of 717 applications.
Aberdeenshire Council’s winter budget for 2017-18 was set at £4.3 million for gritting, snow clearing and other work on its network of roads and paths.
However, a report by the council’s roads quality and resources manager Bill Lennox revealed that the local authority is now projecting costs in the region of £7.1m.
The dramatic increase is owed to severe weather in December 2017 and the arrival of the Beast in the East in February.