While many in the South East wondered what all the fuss was about - and why train companies were already cancelling services when no snow had yet fallen - much of the UK did wake up on Friday to a blanket of snow, in some areas more than three or four inches deep.

Thousands of school children will be enjoying their first day off since term began a couple of weeks ago as hundreds of school closed for the day with Wales, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Norfolk and Gloucestershire particularly affected.

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Much of the country is enjoying the first winter wonderland of the year

Whether or not they face the wrath of the local bobby after one police force's recent ASBO warning about snowballs is unclear, but here at HuffPost UK we're pretty certain the youngsters will find plenty of willing playmates to lob snowballs, build snowmen and even get the sledges out.

And if you do, don't forget to send us the photos via Twitter at @HuffPostUKPics. In the meantime, here are some images from Friday's early birds.

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  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Person skiing in Park Street, Bristol by @damianconnop

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Charlene from Birmingham sent us this picture of her dog, Alice, walking by the frozen canal

  • "Bleak." - Sarah Dean in London.

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Amy Willerton @amywillerton #snow I think we should tweet a pic of our fluffy white stuff this morning! pic.twitter.com/NKfEipHX

  • "Snowman Windsor" - Michael Daley ‏(@theglorymill)

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Greg Kingston @GregKingston @HuffPostUKPics @HuffPostCharlie only joking on the previous one - have some horses at Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk twitpic.com/bw5swl

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Gorgeous scenery in #Bristol this morning @HuffPostUKPics pic.twitter.com/qqxCvwzF

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    thekeithchegwin Keith Chegwin 2h It's snowing at home!!! Love it xx Keep warm Twitter. Tweet more later pic.twitter.com/LM16kEVl

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    donna huxley @wednesdaygirl @HuffPostUKPics no need of my car today in sheffield - hurry up summer!

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Jen Mitchell @Jen_Mitchell17 @HuffPostUKPics Few inches in Wiltshire! pic.twitter.com/MPOW97uH

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Sandi Angus @SandiAngus Snowy street scene in Wolverhampton pic.twitter.com/3Rllzmlr

  • "I call this 'Snowy railway tracks - or xylophone?'" - Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann)

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    How beautiful is our bridge this morning #Bristol x wonder if Brunel ever imagined it to be so perfect pic.twitter.com/v8saD2YN

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Gabrielle Meade @GabyMeade @HuffPostUKPics from the car window... :) pic.twitter.com/VmLz2ynD

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Taking the day off(due to snowfall which is manageable but bugger it!) to go SLEDGING! Off to find some mountains!x pic.twitter.com/B2cEaFa6

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Chino Odimba @Chino100percent @HuffPostUKPics Snowy rooftops in #gloucestershire pic.twitter.com/tRvzVECS

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    Karen. @KarenKazza @HuffPostUKPics more coming down heavily now pic.twitter.com/ZTuBOhUs

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Phil in the Yantra @PhilintheYantra @HuffPostUKPics pic.twitter.com/Ar494jYp

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    James @JAYv2 @HuffPostUKPics taken in Eastleigh, Hampshire yfrog.com/odglfvktj

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Alan Lankester @AlanLank @HuffPostUKPics Frampton Cotterell South Glos, Jake & Dylan

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Bournemouth Beach Snow

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Sarah Cook @BiscuitSnail @HuffPostUKPics Merryn & Jade in Poole, Dorset

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Snow in South London by Stephen Hull

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Glenn Lovell @GlennLovell @HuffPostUKPics @HuffPostUKPics @HuffPostUK - Botley Village, Southampton. From our window. pic.twitter.com/UARd5HKx

  • "Shetland pony at Langley near Slough." - Michael Daley ‏(@theglorymill)

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Phil in the Yantra @PhilintheYantra @HuffPostUKPics telegraph pole near Craven Arms Shropshire pic.twitter.com/4mJFBvn1

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Steven Eveleigh @StevenEveleigh @HuffPostUKPics @HuffPostUK it's very rare to get snow in Bournemouth #hpsnow #snowybournemouth

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Luna Vera @absolut_luna @HuffPostUKPics our garden at 9am #London

  • "St John's station, SE London." - Andrea Mann (@AndreaMann)

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Michaeljon @MichaeljonF Yay! We’re being de-iced at #Heathrow cc. @HuffPostUKPics

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Jilly Sitch in Dorset

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    from @paulvale in Wanstead

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Richard Harper @AlarmistUK @HuffPostUKPics #Shaftesbury #Dorset #UK #hpsnow pic.twitter.com/fvJsMI2l

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Credit: <a href="thegirloutdoors.co.uk">Sian Anna Lewis</a>

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Credit: <a href="thegirloutdoors.co.uk">Sian Anna Lewis</a>

  • Snow Hits The UK - Readers Pictures

    Rachel McKenzie @rachymck @HuffPostUKPics here's a picture of a frosty fence post. Just in case you were missing one. pic.twitter.com/V8rtn1Cy

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    Shaun Seymour @shaunseymour @HuffPostUKPics Richmond Park with my iPhone post.ly/A8Nex

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    Slight snowfall in Tottenham Court Road, London

  • "Western Park, Sheffield, this morning." - Mani O'Brien (@ShambolicMess)

  • Christina Arnaouti (‏@CCarnaouti)

  • "Russell Square, London." - Anna Adams ‏(@Safety_Specs)

  • "Still snowing here in Shropshire!" - Liz Bartlett ‏(@LIZ_SHARPLAND)

  • "Still snowing!" - Liz Bartlett ‏(@LIZ_SHARPLAND)

  • "Here's what to do when you are off school because of snowy weather." - Annmarie Hawkins (@AmarieHawkins)

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  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A man uses a tractor as he tries to try and keep the roads open in Tanfield, Durham as more snows falls in the UK.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

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    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A man uses a tractor as he tries to try and keep the roads open in Tanfield, Durham as more snows falls in the UK.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    Two woman battle through the snow after more snow falls today in Tanfield County Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A man shovels snow after more snow falls today in Tanfield County Durham.

  • Winter weather Jan 25

    A woman digs her way out after more snow falls today in Tanfield County, Durham.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A man struggles in the snow as he walks past the starters box on the PGA Centenary Course after more snowfall today at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. The course will be used for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A road traffic sign covered in snow and ice at Spring Cottage, Derbyshire as the winter weather continues across the UK.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    People struggle in the snow with shovels on a golf course at Gleneagles after more snowfall today in Perthshire.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A man struggles in the snow as he walks past the starters box on the PGA Centenary Course after more snowfall today at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. The course will be used for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A man walks his dog near Auchterarder, Perthshire after heavy snowfall overnight.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Loggers Trucks collect trees in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Snow and ice cover barges and boats at Foxton Locks in Market Harborough, Leicestershire as the winter weather continues across the UK

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    General view of a street in Pricetown, Dartmoor, as snow starts to fall again.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Don Clegg, 80, clears snow from his drive in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Loggers Trucks battle up the hill in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A man fits snow chains to his car in preparation for driving in hazardous conditions as the winter weather continues across the UK.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Don Clegg, 80, in his garden in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Loggers Trucks collect trees in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Loggers Trucks collect trees in Kielder Forest, Northumberland where snow fell overnight.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Mum Stephanie Koch (right) and daughter Kadie 4 enjoy the snow in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Dogs walking in Innerleithen, the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A car sets off down a snow covered road in the Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A snow covered road in Galashiels the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A horse runs along a snow covered field in the Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Sheep look for food in the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A snow covered road in Galashiels the Scottish Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    A car sets off down a snow covered road in the Borders as snow showers hit the East of Scotland.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Mum Stephanie Koch (right) and daughter Kadie 4 enjoy the snow in Kielder, Northumberland as the winter weather continues across the UK.

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Snow and ice cover Foxton Locks in Market Harborough, Leicestershire as the winter weather continues across the UK

  • Winter weather - Jan 22nd

    Snow and ice cover Foxton Locks in Market Harborough, Leicestershire as the winter weather continues across the UK

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    A woman walks a dog through a snow covered Rose Garden at The Arno in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Freddy the Boston Terrier plays in the snow on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Canada Geese fly from the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Wild birds feed on the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: A snowman complete with cigarette and coffee cup is viewed by a squirrel in St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Canada Geese fly from the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: A woman walks on Birdcage Walk as snow falls on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    Models pose around a plastic palm tree in the snow in front of Tower Bridge in central London on January 21, 2013, during a 'pop-up beach resort' promotion on the day that many consider to be the most depressing day of the year. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has schools closed and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    A woman walks a dog through a snow covered Rose Garden at The Arno in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    People walk a dog through a snow covered Arrowe Park in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    A woman walks a dog through a snow covered Rose Garden at The Arno in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Canada Geese fly past the snow covered banks of the River Trent on January 21, 2013 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: A man walks on The Blue Bridge over the partially frozen lake in St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    People walk a dog through a snow covered Arrowe Park in Birkenhead, northwest England, on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has left closed schools and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER-SNOW

    Models in swimwear pose in the snow at a 'pop-up beach resort' promotion in front of Tower Bridge in central London on January 21, 2013. Britain is braced for a continuation of the bad weather which has schools closed and caused transport chaos in recent days, with several weather warnings in place. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Pigeons look for food in a snowy St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Hit By Heavy Snow Fall

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Pigeons try to keep out of the snow by resting on a signpost in St James's Park on January 21, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom has suffered a weekend of heavy snowfall with many transport routes affected. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)