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Wednesday 1 April 2015

In Pictures: Big freeze alert as winter weather returns to UK

DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30:  A pheasant stands in snow near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A pheasant stands in snow near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow covers a track leading to a farm near Wheddon Cross on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A tractor with a snow plough clears snow off the road near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A lorry drives down a road with a line of snow covered trees near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 in Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow covers signage for a footpath near Wheddon Cross on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow falls as a horse stands in a snow covered field near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow covers a bench near a footpath and viewpoint on Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A 4x4 vehicle makes its way along a snow covered road near Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 in Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A car makes its way along a snow covered road near Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 in Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A Land Rover drives down a road with a line of snow covered trees near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow covers branches on a tree in front of a house near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow covers fence post besides the road near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow falls as a horse stands in a snow covered field near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
DULVERTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow covers branches on a tree besides the road near Dulverton on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A man takes a walk along a footpath on Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A 4x4 vehicle makes its way along a snow covered road near Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 in Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A 4x4 vehicle makes its way along a snow covered road near Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 in Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: A man takes a walk along a footpath on Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 in Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
MINEHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 30: Snow covers signage for a footpath on Dunkery Hill, near Minehead on January 30, 2012 on Exmoor, England. After unseasonably mild winter weather, some parts of the UK woke to a covering of snow as a cold spell of weather sets in, with forecasters warning temperatures are set to plunge as the week progresses. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Readers' Winter Pictures Gallery Frosty Fermanagh. Submitted by Rachel, Fermanagh
Christmas day 2010. Submitted by Sara Orr ,Gibbs Island Strangford
Winter in western Canada. Submitted by Al
Belvoir park forest Belfast. Submitted by Clare Harvey
Belvoir park Xmas 2010. Submitted by Clare Harvey
Church of Ireland. Submitted by Steven Junk Newmills
Lasting Impression. Submitted by Tom, Dunmurry
Jay - King of Scrabo... submitted by Andrew Gison - Scrabo Tower
The carry harryville. Submitted by Hugh Blackadder Ballymena
Jordan's igloo, Bangor
No fish today!! Woodford Fishing Lake
Cushendun winter Wonderland. Submitted by Seammus Fyfe Cushendun
Robin redbreast. Submitted by Paul Hunter, Belfast
Coleraine Council's Jetty on the River Bann
Images from Belfast Telegraph Readers' Winter Pictures Gallery
Tullylish tower. Submitted by David Berry
Emily, Jack, Ryan & Alex enjoying snow in Hillsborough Sat 8 January 2011. Submitted by Henderson family
The last rays of sunset
Siw mile Water Park,Gordon Esler, Ballyclare . Co Antrim
Frozen river bann at coleraine marina. Submitted by Avril Law
Lady, Taken at Navan Fort. Submitted by Malachy McCreesh Navan Fort
Lagan thaw bursts banks & throws ice onto path by Philip McErlean, Belfast
Fancy a bath? Submitted by Diane, Lisburn
Readers Pics
Wallace Park, Lisburn by Tom Kirk Perth W.Australia
Stramore Road, Gilford by P Briggs
River Bann, Stramore Rd. Gilford by P briggs
Cave Hill Walk, by Tom Kirk Perth W.Australia
A Narnian Winter at Portavo ... by Hannah, Groomsport
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Northern Irish Global Warming - Mark Barfoot, Antrim, Lough Neagh
My two dogs in the snow - Paulo Ross, Ardglass, County Down
Ulsterbus Leyland Leopard 4107 at its new home in the Isle of Man. Richard Davis - Isle of Man
Killian and Odhran Maguire enjoying the view at this water fall in Boho - Barry Maguire Enniskillen
Empty fields - Stanley Mathers, Bready
Dromore Cathedral and the River Lagan on Christmas Eve - Scott Mackey - Dromore
Donaghadee Water Tower Sostice evening ... by Avril
Anchored ... by Joan Wilson
Xmas ball ... by Reymos in Belfast
White wedding @ Newforge House, Magheralin ... by Jenny Pearson, Markethill
Pickie Fun Park Bangor ... by Nicolas Soitout
Path at the old railway line in Donaghadee ... by Aidan Ferguson
Ormeau Embankment 22 Dec 2010 .. Philip McErlean, Belfast
Mussaden snow ... by Campbell Allen Bready
Lagan freezing ... by Philip McErlean, Belfast
Farmhouse ... Brian Portadown
Coastal Road Bangor ... Nicolas Soitout, Bangor
Blue Tit Preparing for the Big Freeze.... by Laura Rose McBride, Banbridge
Winter in Belvoir at sunset - James McCartney, Belfast
View to Ormeau Bridge, 22 Dec 2010 .. Philip McErlean, Belfast
Spiders Web @ Ballypalady Rd, Doagh, Co Antrim - Submitted By Simon Brown
Sunset - Jeremy Clifford Craigavon
Stephen Ryan snowboarding in the Mournes - by Simon Lennon
These roads are very slippy!!! - Longshot Rd, Doagh, Co Antrim - Submitted By Simon Brown
Northern Irish Global Warming - Mark Barfoot, Antrim, Lough Neagh
river scene near the Marina in Cole
George - wide eyed and bushy tailed. Submitted by Stephen Finlay, Doagh
Bangor
ballyholme
A quiet day, Bangor
A snowy Leap of Faith on the Stewartstown Road, Belfast. Submitted by Emma Toner
Snowy scenes in the Colin area of West Belfast. Submitted by Emma Toner
Broken down, North Down
Ward Park, North Down
McKee Clock, North Down
Granda Bob's garden, Killyleagh
Fire Mountain Carrigans Donegal. Submitted by Bert O Neill
Robin close up. Submitted by Matthew Harron , Limavady
Frozen apples. Submitted by Matthew harron , Limavady
Sun Up - Co Armagh. Submitted by Brian O'Reilly, Belfast
Sunset on Strangford Lough. Submitted by Michele, Greyabbey
Beautiful Sunny Afternoon @ Frozen Reservoir - Newline Rd, Carrickfergus. Submitted by Simon Brown
Carr Road, Lisburn, N Ireland. Submitted by Alister Hamilton
Carr Road, Lisburn, N Ireland. Submitted by Alister Hamilton
Snowboarding, Belfast
Fishermen , Movanagher Canal. Submitted by David McKendick
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod... Winter scene
David and Molly Fenning Lisburn
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod ... Little Bird
Chloe age 11 from Donaghadee...Alfie and Tacey the snow people
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Bill Corr, Belfast
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 4
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 3
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 2
Arlene Barton, Aghagallon...school's out for winter
Adam Krauza Belfast Castle
Gerry, Sloan ... The Big Fish at Donegall Quay. Belfast
Gavin McVeigh Mallusk
Gavin from Mallusk ... Grays Lane Mallusk
Gary, Castlereagh. Merry Chrstmas
Gary, Castlereagh, icicles
G Morrow's icicles
Feldore McHugh, Belfast's Botanic Gardens
Feldore McHugh, Belfast Botanic Gardens
Evelyn McCullough - Portstewart Narnia
Evelyn McCullough - Arctic conditions in Portstewart
David Rainey, Belfast ...The tallest snowman in Belfast
David McFarland of Dollingstown... Lurgan Castle
David Fenning Lisburn Leisureplex
Scott Campbell Greenisland ...My bro spent his 22nd birthday building this 8ft snowman!
Roy Mallusk Snow fields
Roy Mallusk Snow field
Pauline Wilson ... Snowing at dusk in Coleraine
Pauline Wilson ... snowy bridge, Coleraine
Pauline Wilson .. Coleraine
Patricia Mackey, Newtownards ...Movilla Cemetery
Emma, Keira and Jamie Goldring. Helen's Bay...igloo
Martin Vinall Bangor Abbey
Kieran Monaghan, Glengormley A lone shopper braves the journey home
Kevin McConnell, Crumlin ... the snowman we built in our street
Ian Graham Belfast ... squirrel taking shelter & stocking up on nuts
Terry Irvine Ballyclare... Sixmile sunset
Steph & Katie
Stacey Dougan, Richhill, Co. Armagh ...View from top of Maynooth Road Richhill
Rod Mulholland. Tobermore church of Ireland. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore. Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Robert Telford .... Rays Wood, Antrim. Dec 2010
Rod Mulholland .... Tobermore church of Ireland.
Jo, Dromore Ghostly abode!
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, SeskinoreCaption: Dun SeedinYour email: darrell.universal@btinternet.com
Looking through my windscreen at the ice. By Mark Johnston, Bangor. Dec 2010
Snowboarding in the Mournes. By Shagster. Dec 2010
David McKendrick's snowy Movanagher lock. Dec 2010
The Marquis of Downshire Memorial, Hillsborough by Graham Construction
Frank, from Limavady. Benone looking towards Donegal. Dec 2010
David Montgomery, Killyleagh Co. Down. Delamont Country Park at Sunset. Dec 2010
sterling newtownabbeyCaption: frosty afternoonYour email: roy36@hotmail.co.uk
Frosty afternoon by Roy. Dec 2010
Newtownabbey frosted web Roy. Dec 2010
Having fun when their school is closed, Matthew and Owen Irvine, Maghaberry. Dec 2010
Gavin Miskelly, Darragh Cross, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
Alison Lynas... Wacky Races at Burntollet Bridge
Santa arrives in Derry early by Gary Nash. Dec 2010
My son Martin and snowman. By Jackie in Crumlin
Donemana by Isobel Brown. Dec 2010
Emma Carson, Garrison, County Fermanagh .... Max the dog is ready for a snowball fight
Paul in Belfast ....The Silent Courtyard, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Paul in Belfast ... Frozen Steps, Farnham Estate, Cavan
Paul in Belfast ... The White Garden, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Frosty afternoon Templepatrick. By Roy. Dec 2010
Brian, Portadown: River Bann 7/12/10
Knockagh monument...by Ttim, Carrickfergus
Carole, Banbridge .... Home from school!
Garden Carwood Ave. Our Stephanie by Mervyn Ellis
Killygullen Lisnaskea. Taken by Eleanor Kerr
Brian McCalden, Glengormley ... Horses Glebe Road
Brian McCalden... Horses Glebe Road Glengormely
Tim, Carrickfergus ... Portrush harbour
Niall McCaughan. Cannons on the Derry Walls
Chess on the Lawn, Farnham Estate, Cavan by Paul in Belfast
Julie-Anne and Noel enjoying our Tenth Wedding anniversary at the Sleive Donard
Co Tyrone.... lovin it. Submitted by Ann. Dec 2010
Tropical palm in Portrush. By Jean Elliott
Coolnasillagh, Co. Derry. By Joe O'Kane
Paula Cuesta from Segovia assists with Winter Graduation arrangements at Queen's. Picture by Barbara Groves
The Cave Hill by Bill Corr
On the hill...by Bill Corr, Belfast
Hello Snow!...by Jean Elliott, Portrush
Fog over Belfast...by Bill Corr
Belfast Castle. Picture by Bill Corr
The Mourne Mountains, by Yvonne
Dawn on the wing, Belfast International Airport...by Steven Braiden
A red deer stag crosses the road as it comes down from the hills to the River Clunie near Braemar to forage for food as snow continues to cover much of the UK.
Looking towards Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Fiend or foe.... By Robin McCormick. Dec 2010
Silent Valley from Slieve Lamagan, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Craigavon Lake. By J O'Neill. Dec 2010
My Son Zack enjoying the snow. Dec 2010. By Trish Taylor in Derry
Spelga Dam 1.12.10 Taken by Ronan Sherry
Craigavon Lakes 1/12/10. Brian Portadown
My chocolate labrador Levi . Jason Davidson Ballymoney
Mournes snowboarding. Submitted by Gav

Scattered snow showers and freezing temperatures could cause icy conditions on roads in parts of the UK, according to forecasters.

The Met Office upgraded its cold weather alert to Level 3, stating that there was a 100% probability of "severe" conditions across most of England this week.

The warning means there is expected to be an impact on people's health and on health services, with a surge in demand for care.

According to the Met Office temperatures will drop to as low as -6C (21.2F) on Wednesday and Thursday, when daytime maximums will be no more than 3C (37.4F).

Severe weather warnings for ice were also issued for tonight and tomorrow morning across eastern parts of England and Scotland, and Northern Ireland, south-west England and south Wales.

A high pressure system hanging over Scandinavia and western Russia is pushing raw, easterly winds towards the UK, meaning this will be the longest spell of cold weather so far this winter, experts say.

Clare Allen, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said: "We've got an easterly wind across the country bringing snow showers off the North Sea.

"Most areas of the UK will see daytime maximum temperatures of 2C (35.6F) and 3C tomorrow.

"London will be a maximum of 4C (39.2F), so it's going to be pretty cold."

Ms Allen said the mercury could plummet to as low as -6C in rural parts of south Wales tomorrow night, and -5C (23F) in Devon.

"The minimum temperatures will be -3C (26.6F) and -2C (28.4F) across the country generally.

"If people aren't careful driving then it could cause disruption. Anywhere that is wet, it will definitely cause ice," she added.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "During this period of cold weather we would advise people to check local weather forecasts for the latest information on weather conditions and staying safe when outdoors.

"We are working closely with the NHS and local authorities to ensure vulnerable people stay well during cold weather and get the help they need within their communities."

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