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UK Weather: More Snow Forecast As Thousands Of Britons Left Without Power

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A weekend of freezing cold weather and snow is continuing to cause disruption, with thousands of homes across the UK without power and many roads still blocked.

Drivers and pedestrians have also been warned about the danger of black ice during their Monday morning commute.

Despite the heavy snow giving way to just light flurries today, forecasters are now predicting the severe weather could return on Good Friday.

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A man walks in deep snow in Mold, Flintshire, north Wales

It could mean the first white Easter in five years, as the nation enters British Summertime.

Several thousand households in Scotland remain without electricity, down from a peak of about 18,000.

The isle of Arran and parts of the south-west mainland of Scotland were particularly badly hit by power cuts on Friday.

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Even tractors and diggers have struggled with snowdrifts

Blizzard conditions also lashed Northern Ireland, where emergency oxygen supplies had to be airlifted to an elderly man who was trapped by heavy snow.

Customers in remote areas of Northern Ireland were warned that it could be days before electricity is restored to them, due to continuing bad weather, but water supply has now been restored to most of the 1,000 homes affected.

Hundreds of people in Cumbria also remain without power.

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It has proved a freezing March

The Met Office still has sweeping yellow weather warnings in place across Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland, advising of the danger of ice.

The warning said: "Lying snow in many areas will melt on roads and pavements by day, refreezing by night to give icy patches.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel due to icy patches and snow blowing back onto roads."

Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division for the Press Association, said: "Today the snow will be mainly confined to the east of Scotland and north-east England where there will be a dusting, but nothing significant.

"Elsewhere there will be some snow showers but nothing like the accumulations we've seen over the last few days and it will remain very cold and breezy.

"Into the week there will be more scattered snow flurries but there is potential for more widespread snow returning at the end of the week."

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It could be the first white Easter for five years

The Department of Transport has warned motorists to take precautions and only set off from home if they have checked the latest travel conditions.

A spokesman said: "The unseasonal weather is affecting transport networks. Our staff and other transport operators are working tirelessly around the clock to keep roads open, and keep other services running."

Drivers in Cumbria who were forced to abandon their cars over the weekend have been urged not to go back for them, but to contact police to arrange for their vehicles to be recovered.

Some 70 people were put up in hotels and at a local high school after heavy snow fell, stranding them in their cars.

Roads in North Wales were still experiencing problems, with access into residential areas "a cause for concern" according to police.

A man found dead in deep snow after he started walking home in severe weather was named by police.

The body of Gary Windle, 25, was found by a farmer in Brierfield, near Burnley, Lancs, at around 1.30pm on Saturday.

Lancashire Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious and there were indications it was a "very tragic incident" after he started walking home from a night out with friends on Friday.

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.

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