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In pictures: Snow springs a chilly end to Easter weekend

There were concerns some rural communities could be cut off with “significant accumulations” of snow forecast.

Forecasters have warned of treacherous driving conditions and travel disruption, with localised flooding in parts of southern England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the Easter weekend draws to a close.

Up to 12cm of snow was forecast across parts of northern England and southern Scotland, with yellow warnings for heavy rain in place – up to 70mm expected to fall in some areas – including 150 flood alerts and 15 flood warnings.

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Roads are cleared in Nenthead, Cumbria - one of several areas in the north to wake to snow (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Snow covers Saddleworth Moor in the South Pennines (Peter Byrne/PA)
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A man walks his three dogs through the snow in Allenheads, Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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It was a chilly start for another dog walker in Nenthead, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Kilhope Lead Mining Museum near County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Sheep in a snow covered field in Northumberland, were lacking the joys of spring (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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One dog enjoyed the snow in Rotherham (@Gez_Robinson/Twitter/PA)
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While lambs in Allendale proved they weren't too young to work out where the best shelter could be found (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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It was ideal conditions for a polar bear cub to take his first outdoor swim with his mother at a wildlife park near Kingussie (Highland Wildlife Park /PA)
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An AA van rescues a car in Saddleworth in Greater Manchester (Peter Byrne/PA)
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A man clears the snow near County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Roads in some areas were closed due to heavy snow (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Five weather warnings are in place as heavy rain and snow blight swathes of the country (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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A snowplough clears a road in Cumbria as the snow sets in (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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For some it proved easier to walk than drive in the snowy conditions (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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