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In Pictures: Snow and ice present dual threat but thaw offers hope of respite

Motorists and others are still facing hazardous conditions but there are signs of a return to normality.

The UK has battened down the hatches during the inclement weather brought by the Beast from the East but there are signs that the worst is over.

In the meantime, Sunday travellers still face hazards while some have defied the conditions to try ice climbing.

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An abandoned car at Belah bridge in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Winter weather March 4th 2018
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Winter weather March 4th 2018
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A JCB machine tries to tow a lorry stuck in snow near Marlborough, WIltshire (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Winter weather March 4th 2018
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Winter weather March 4th 2018
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A JCB machine is deployed (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Men use shovels to try and free a lorry near Marlborough, Wiltshire (Ben Birchall/PA)
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A camel looks unfazed by the weather at Mainsgill Farm, North Yorkshire (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Sheep in a snow covered field near Tebay in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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A good sheepskin coat gives some respite from the weather in Tebay, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Ice climbers defy the cold in Tebay, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Ice climbing near Tebay in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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A frozen Ingleton waterfall in North Yorkshire (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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