Power cuts and travel disruption continue to blight Britain today, as more snow falls across the country on another bitterly cold day.

The harsh weather is thought to have led to the death of a 27-year-old, whose body was yesterday discovered in deep snow by a farmer near Burnley, Lancashire.

The young man went missing while walking home in freezing weather after a night with friends.

Lancashire Police say the death, which is not being treated as suspicious, was a "very tragic incident".

Thousands of homes are without electricity after power lines were brought down in Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England.

Northern Ireland Electricity said 29,000 homes were still waiting to be reconnected - and it could be days before they all have power. About 1,000 homes in Northern Ireland were also without water last night.

In Scotland, about 5,000 homes in Kintyre are without power, with a further 1,500 homes in the north and west of Arran also without supply.

Meanwhile the snow and ice is expected to cause continued problems on the nation's transport network.

The Met Office still has yellow "be aware" weather alerts in place sweeping from south-east England up to southern Scotland, covering Northern Ireland and north-east Wales.

Up to an inch of snow has fallen across eastern Scotland and central parts of England, the Midlands, East Anglia and Lincolnshire overnight.

Another inch will build up in the same areas throughout the day, spreading to east Wales and northern England.

Gareth Harvey, a senior forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "The snow is not going to be as heavy as the last few days but will fall throughout the day.

"It will still be windy as well, so any lying snow will be blown around.

"Away from where the snow is falling, it's going to be a quieter day.

"Areas which have seen heavy rain like the south-west will have a chance to recover and river levels will begin to drop."

Temperatures will linger around freezing point for most of the UK, but the south-east will be the "exception", where there could be highs of six degrees, he added.

The Met Office also warned of a risk of ice: "Lying snow in many areas will melt on roads and pavements by day, refreezing by night to give icy patches.

"Also, snow blowing off fields in strong to gale force winds will affect some roads, especially over high ground."

The severe weather is also thought to have led to the death of a woman in Cornwall on Friday. The woman, named locally as Susan Norman, died when her house in Looe, Cornwall, collapsed during a landslip following torrential rain.

The weather has wreaked havoc across the transport network over the last two days, with delays on roads, railways and runways.

Runways at some airports closed temporarily, including Humberside Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport and Doncaster's Robin Hood Airport.

Motorists have been urged by the Highways Agency to be cautious and check conditions before setting out.

In Cumbria, where 70 people were stranded in their cars on Friday night, drivers were warned not to travel unless it was absolutely necessary.

Many sports fixtures, including Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia and two race meetings, were called yesterday off due to snow.

The British Red Cross was brought in to help transport medical staff and patients to hospitals after roads in North Wales became impassable.

Hospital staff, paramedics and renal patients were driven to hospital in the Wrexham and Flintshire areas by volunteers, using 4x4 vehicles to negotiate treacherous roads.

David Hallows, service manager for emergency response for the Red Cross in North Wales, said: "I've never seen snow like it. It's a metre thick in places and it's not drifting."

North Wales Mountain Rescue Association advised anyone travelling into the region not to rely on satellite navigation devices in case they lead them on to untreated minor roads which could be dangerous.

North Wales Police said the north eastern area of the force had been worst hit, with significant snowfalls in Wrexham, Flintshire and south Denbighshire.

Most major routes are now passable with care, but the force urged motorists to exercise caution.

Chief Inspector Dave Roome said: "Due to the extreme weather conditions the emergency services are experiencing difficulty in reaching certain areas, please understand that it make take longer to respond to incidents.

"We are also urging people to check on neighbours and vulnerable people to ensure they are safe."

The unseasonal weather comes as the UK prepares to enter British Summer Time next Sunday. Bookmakers Ladbrokes have cut the odds of snow at Easter to 4/5 after taking a flurry of bets in the past 48 hours. If it does snow, it would be the first white Easter in five years.

Forecasters have predicted it could be the coldest March in 50 years. In 1962, average temperatures for the month were 2.8C (37F).

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    A picture shows a thick covering of snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A car is buried in a snow drift in the Craigant Hills near Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 23, 2013. Britain continued to be blitzed by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain on March 23 with tens of thousands of homes without power at a time when the Kingdom should be celebrating the coming of Spring. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A car is buried in a snow drift in the Craigant Hills near Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 23, 2013. Britain continued to be blitzed by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain on March 23 with tens of thousands of homes without power at a time when the Kingdom should be celebrating the coming of Spring. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man drives pass another car buried in a snow drift in the Craigant Hills near Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 23, 2013. Britain continued to be blitzed by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain on March 23 with tens of thousands of homes without power at a time when the Kingdom should be celebrating the coming of Spring. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A gritting vehicle with a snow plough clears slush from a road after heavy snowfall in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A fallen tree lies across a road after heavy snowfall in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Cars are buried in deep snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman shovels deep snow from the pavement in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A man shovels deep snow from the pavement in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pedestrians walk through the snow at the Stormont estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 23, 2013. Britain continued to be blitzed by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain on March 23 with tens of thousands of homes without power at a time when the Kingdom should be celebrating the coming of Spring. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A man shovels deep snow from the pavement in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A man walks in deep snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A man shovels deep snow from the pavement in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A sign reads 'Sorry no snow shovels' outside a DIY and hardware retailer after heavy snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Supermarket trolleys are filled with snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A man walks in deep snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A jogger runs through the snow at Stormont estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 23, 2013. Britain continued to be blitzed by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain on March 23 with tens of thousands of homes without power at a time when the Kingdom should be celebrating the coming of Spring. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Farm fields are covered in snow in the Craigant Hills near Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 23, 2013. Britain continued to be blitzed by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain on March 23 with tens of thousands of homes without power at a time when the Kingdom should be celebrating the coming of Spring. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A man walks in deep snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales on March 23, 2013. Many parts of Britain continued to be blitzed on March 23 by unseasonal heavy snowfall and rain. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Snow And Rain Hit Britain In Coldest March For 50 Years

    HARROGATE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: A snow covered golf course in Yorkshire on March 22, 2013 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. Heavy snow is causing disruption to transport and schools across the UK in the coldest March the country has seen for decades, with no sign of the warm spring weather that Britain enjoyed this time last year. Homes have been left without power in Northern Ireland, airports shut and flooding in parts of Devon and Cornwall. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    Pedestrians walk through the snow in Belfast City centre in Northern Ireland, on March 22, 2013. Britain should be celebrating the start of spring but the kingdom was shivering Friday after heavy snowfall left tens of thousands of homes without power. Northern Ireland bore the brunt of the cold snap, caused by an area of low pressure moving eastwards off the Atlantic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / LIAM MCBURNEY (Photo credit should read LIAM MCBURNEY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A road sweeper tries to clear snow from the pavements in Belfast City centre in Northern Ireland, on March 22, 2013. Britain should be celebrating the start of spring but the kingdom was shivering Friday after heavy snowfall left tens of thousands of homes without power. Northern Ireland bore the brunt of the cold snap, caused by an area of low pressure moving eastwards off the Atlantic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / LIAM MCBURNEY (Photo credit should read LIAM MCBURNEY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pedestrians walk through the snow in Belfast City centre in Northern Ireland, on March 22, 2013. Britain should be celebrating the start of spring but the kingdom was shivering Friday after heavy snowfall left tens of thousands of homes without power. Northern Ireland bore the brunt of the cold snap, caused by an area of low pressure moving eastwards off the Atlantic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / LIAM MCBURNEY (Photo credit should read LIAM MCBURNEY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Snow And Rain Hit Britain In Coldest March For 50 Years

    LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Aircaft prepare to leave Leeds Bradford airport during a heavy snow storm on March 22, 2013 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Heavy snow is causing disruption to transport and schools across the UK in the coldest March the country has seen for decades, with no sign of the warm spring weather that Britain enjoyed this time last year. Homes have been left without power in Northern Ireland, airports shut and flooding in parts of Devon and Cornwall. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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    Pedestrians walk through the snow in Belfast City centre in Northern Ireland, on March 22, 2013. Britain should be celebrating the start of spring but the kingdom was shivering Friday after heavy snowfall left tens of thousands of homes without power. Northern Ireland bore the brunt of the cold snap, caused by an area of low pressure moving eastwards off the Atlantic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / LIAM MCBURNEY (Photo credit should read LIAM MCBURNEY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pedestrians walk through the snow in Belfast City centre in Northern Ireland, on March 22, 2013. Britain should be celebrating the start of spring but the kingdom was shivering Friday after heavy snowfall left tens of thousands of homes without power. Northern Ireland bore the brunt of the cold snap, caused by an area of low pressure moving eastwards off the Atlantic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / LIAM MCBURNEY (Photo credit should read LIAM MCBURNEY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Vehicles drive through drifting snow on the A6 road near the town of Buxton in north-west England, on March 22, 2013. Britain should be celebrating the start of spring but the kingdom was shivering Friday after heavy snowfall left tens of thousands of homes without power. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Snow And Rain Hit Britain In Coldest March For 50 Years

    HARROGATE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 22: Heavy snow falls over parts of Yorkshire as winter weather continues on March 22, 2013 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. Heavy snow is causing disruption to transport and schools across the UK in the coldest March the country has seen for decades, with no sign of the warm spring weather that Britain enjoyed this time last year. Homes have been left without power in Northern Ireland, airports shut and flooding in parts of Devon and Cornwall. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)