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Wintery scenes over County Durham near Stanley, as the UK braced for a new wave of bad weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of England and Scotland

Wintery scenes over County Durham near Stanley, as the UK braced for a new wave of bad weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of England and Scotland

Wintery scenes over County Durham near Stanley, as the UK braced for a new wave of bad weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of England and Scotland

Temperatures will continue to plunge heading into the weekend with ice warnings in place across much of the UK.

With commuters facing treacherous driving conditions, forecasters are predicting a sharp drop in temperature.

This will be due to clear skies in some places which will cause ice patches to form.

Yellow ice warnings are in place along the east coast of Scotland and England as well as Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of south-west England and the Midlands.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Temperatures will fall sharply after dark on Friday evening allowing icy patches to form on untreated surfaces, including footpaths and cycleways.

"Some freezing fog patches are also likely overnight, most likely over eastern parts of Northern Ireland.

"Scattered wintry showers will continue to move down from the north but will gradually become confined to eastern areas where there will be some slight accumulations of snow.

"There will be widespread frost forming, along with icy patches where there have been showers."

Saturday will see a frosty start but many areas will stay dry and enjoy sunny spells. Wintry showers will persist in eastern areas.

Early next week the forecast is expected to be changeable with showers or longer spells of rain, sleet and snow.

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Mason in the snow with Slemish mountain in the background. 15/01/2016. Pic: Ruth Dowds

Mason in the snow with Slemish mountain in the background. 15/01/2016. Pic: Ruth Dowds

The Mourne Mountains in the snow. Pic: Steven Hylands

The Mourne Mountains in the snow. Pic: Steven Hylands

Snow on the Mourne Mountains. Pic: Steven Hylands

Snow on the Mourne Mountains. Pic: Steven Hylands

Snow sleighing in the hills of Ligoniel, Co Antrim. 15/01/2016. Pic: Julie McBride

Snow sleighing in the hills of Ligoniel, Co Antrim. 15/01/2016. Pic: Julie McBride

Jack Logan enjoying snow in the Ligoniel Co Antrim. 15/1/2016. Pic: Julie McBridge

Jack Logan enjoying snow in the Ligoniel Co Antrim. 15/1/2016. Pic: Julie McBridge

Olivia and Luca Duggan having fun in the snow in Carryduff 15/1/2016. Pic: Aideen Duggan

Olivia and Luca Duggan having fun in the snow in Carryduff 15/1/2016. Pic: Aideen Duggan

Ponies brave the coldest of weather on at Dundrod just outside Belfast as Northern Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow for the first time this year. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Ponies brave the coldest of weather on at Dundrod just outside Belfast as Northern Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow for the first time this year. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Road users found Fridays driving conditions in Northern Ireland difficult. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Road users found Fridays driving conditions in Northern Ireland difficult. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

The PSNI's air support tweeted this picture 'from the office'. @PSNIAirSupport

The PSNI's air support tweeted this picture 'from the office'. @PSNIAirSupport

Snow in Fermanagh - 14th January 2016

Snow in Fermanagh - 14th January 2016

Ben Hicks throws a snowball on his way home from school in the snow, Co Fermanagh - 14th January 2016

Ben Hicks throws a snowball on his way home from school in the snow, Co Fermanagh - 14th January 2016

A solitary figure is framed by the famous trees of the Dark Hedges. January 15. 2015

A solitary figure is framed by the famous trees of the Dark Hedges. January 15. 2015

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Onlookers record the weather  in Portstewart  with heavy winds hitting parts  across the North Coast in Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Onlookers record the weather in Portstewart with heavy winds hitting parts across the North Coast in Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Aoife beside her first ever snowman in Ballyronan, Co Derry. Pic. Caroline Glendinning 14/01/15

Aoife beside her first ever snowman in Ballyronan, Co Derry. Pic. Caroline Glendinning 14/01/15

Mischievous cocker spaniel Finn steals snowman's carrot in Coleraine Pic. Karen Garvin 14/01/2015

Mischievous cocker spaniel Finn steals snowman's carrot in Coleraine Pic. Karen Garvin 14/01/2015

‘Keeper’ the German shepherd plays in the snow in Ballycastle yesterday. The adverse weather conditions, however, brought misery to many

‘Keeper’ the German shepherd plays in the snow in Ballycastle yesterday. The adverse weather conditions, however, brought misery to many

A woman throws a ball for her springer spaniel on the snowy west strand at Portrush

A woman throws a ball for her springer spaniel on the snowy west strand at Portrush

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Brothers Brenn (10) and Aodan (7) Doherty sledge along Creggan Hill to the Model Primary School in Derry

Brothers Brenn (10) and Aodan (7) Doherty sledge along Creggan Hill to the Model Primary School in Derry

Lorcan Doherty

Snowfall causes disruption in the village of Claudy

Snowfall causes disruption in the village of Claudy

AP

A stunning sky over a blanket of snow in Five Mile Straight, Maghera, Derry. Pic. Hilary McGrath 14/01/2015

A stunning sky over a blanket of snow in Five Mile Straight, Maghera, Derry. Pic. Hilary McGrath 14/01/2015

A lone sheep surrounded by snow at a farm near Claudy, Derry. Pic. Fiona-Jane Garrett 14/01/2015

A lone sheep surrounded by snow at a farm near Claudy, Derry. Pic. Fiona-Jane Garrett 14/01/2015

Proudly showing off their snowmen as children enjoy the snowfall in Northern Ireland. Pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

Proudly showing off their snowmen as children enjoy the snowfall in Northern Ireland. Pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

Little 16-month-old Clara has fun as she gets her first glimpse of the snow and takes her first steps in the winter wonderland in Limavady. Pic. Hannah McCausland 13/01/2015

Little 16-month-old Clara has fun as she gets her first glimpse of the snow and takes her first steps in the winter wonderland in Limavady. Pic. Hannah McCausland 13/01/2015

A thick blanket of snow lies in Kildoag, Londonderry. Pic Astrid Coyle 14/01/2015

A thick blanket of snow lies in Kildoag, Londonderry. Pic Astrid Coyle 14/01/2015

A good day's work in the snow - proudly showing their happy snowman. Pic Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

A good day's work in the snow - proudly showing their happy snowman. Pic Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

Snowball fights in the snow as young and old enjoy the wintry spell in Northern Ireland pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

Snowball fights in the snow as young and old enjoy the wintry spell in Northern Ireland pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

A blanket of snow makes a dramatic view over Loughbrickland Lake. Pic Lisa Young 13/01/2015

A blanket of snow makes a dramatic view over Loughbrickland Lake. Pic Lisa Young 13/01/2015

Dramatic colours as winter takes over Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. 13/01/2015 Pic. Lisa Young

Dramatic colours as winter takes over Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. 13/01/2015 Pic. Lisa Young

Beautiful wintry image of Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. Pic. Lisa Young 13/01/2015

Beautiful wintry image of Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. Pic. Lisa Young 13/01/2015

Zoe Adair and Victoria Poole enjoying the snowy spell in Northern Ireland. Pic. Victoria Poole. 13/01/2015

Zoe Adair and Victoria Poole enjoying the snowy spell in Northern Ireland. Pic. Victoria Poole. 13/01/2015

A blanket of snow over Dungiven. Pic. Natasha Kealey. 13/01/2015

A blanket of snow over Dungiven. Pic. Natasha Kealey. 13/01/2015

Traffic slowed down due to snow on the Glendermot road Londonderry. Pic. Marcus Bye 13/01/2015

Traffic slowed down due to snow on the Glendermot road Londonderry. Pic. Marcus Bye 13/01/2015

Heavy snow cover in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

Heavy snow cover in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A beautiful snowy landscape in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A beautiful snowy landscape in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A bed of snow glimmers under the sunshine in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A bed of snow glimmers under the sunshine in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

Snow lying in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Pic. Trygve de Brun 13/01/2015

Snow lying in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Pic. Trygve de Brun 13/01/2015

Florencecourt, CO Fermanagh Susan Elliott 13012015.

Florencecourt, CO Fermanagh Susan Elliott 13012015.

Winter wonderland in Florencecourt Co Fermanagh. Pic. Susan Elliott 13/01/2015

A wintry morning in Ballymoney. Pic. Emma McFaul 13/01/2015

A wintry morning in Ballymoney. Pic. Emma McFaul 13/01/2015

A snowy morning in Park Village Co Derry. Pic.Fiona Jane Garrett 13/01/2015

A snowy morning in Park Village Co Derry. Pic.Fiona Jane Garrett 13/01/2015

A dark winter morning in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Pic. Katriona Cox 13/01/2015

A dark winter morning in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Pic. Katriona Cox 13/01/2015

Blanket of snow outside Claudy. Pic Stacey Witherow 13/01/2015

Blanket of snow outside Claudy. Pic Stacey Witherow 13/01/2015

A scattering of snow in Fivemiletown. Pic. Julie Brownlee 13/01/2015

A scattering of snow in Fivemiletown. Pic. Julie Brownlee 13/01/2015

Snow fall in Aghadowey. Pic. Lesley Richard Hunter 13/01/2015

Snow fall in Aghadowey. Pic. Lesley Richard Hunter 13/01/2015

Lettershandoney snow fall. Pic. Padraig Lynch 13/01/2015

Lettershandoney snow fall. Pic. Padraig Lynch 13/01/2015

 Moonlit snow and stars over derelict house on Glenshane Pass. Photo by Martin McKenna.

Moonlit snow and stars over derelict house on Glenshane Pass. Photo by Martin McKenna.

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest

In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest

PA

A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast

A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast

Traffic on the Glenshane Pass in Co Londonderry, as snow is replaced with rain and high winds across the province.

Traffic on the Glenshane Pass in Co Londonderry, as snow is replaced with rain and high winds across the province.

PA

Sheep brave the overnight snowfall in Co Derry, Feb 2014. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

Sheep brave the overnight snowfall in Co Derry, Feb 2014. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

Taken on Portstewart Strand,11/2/14. Some hardy surfers undeterred by a snowstorm.
Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Taken on Portstewart Strand,11/2/14. Some hardy surfers undeterred by a snowstorm. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Frosty - Snowfall in Northern Ireland Feb 2014. Picture submitted by Stevie Burns

Frosty - Snowfall in Northern Ireland Feb 2014. Picture submitted by Stevie Burns

Snow in Maghera, Co Derry with bad weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Snow in Maghera, Co Derry with bad weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Snowfall  in Coleraine - a creative eye. Submitted by Deanna Partridge Feb 2014

Snowfall in Coleraine - a creative eye. Submitted by Deanna Partridge Feb 2014

Snow at Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle. Feb 2014. Submitted by Philip Gass.

Snow at Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle. Feb 2014. Submitted by Philip Gass.

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Snow in Limavady. By @RichardCraig7

Snow in Limavady. By @RichardCraig7

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Snow in the Aghanloo area, just outside Limavady. By @RVE_LTD

Snow in the Aghanloo area, just outside Limavady. By @RVE_LTD

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Heavy snow at Hillfarm House Deer Sanctuary, Derry. By @kevinharkin3

Heavy snow at Hillfarm House Deer Sanctuary, Derry. By @kevinharkin3

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Flashback to snowy 2013: Spelga Dam in the Mournes. Submitted on behalf of Lynette Cooke.

Flashback to snowy 2013: Spelga Dam in the Mournes. Submitted on behalf of Lynette Cooke.

after the snow

after the snow

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013

House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar

House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar

Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly

Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly

Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

&lt;b&gt;Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures &lt;/b&gt;Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter

Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline

Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline

A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

Mason in the snow with Slemish mountain in the background. 15/01/2016. Pic: Ruth Dowds

With winter weather finally taking hold many places across the UK saw a covering of snow during the week, causing travel disruption.

On Thursday two schools in Northumberland were reportedly closed because of severe weather conditions.

Network Rail said they had thousands of rail engineers working "day and night" to prevent delays to travel.