Snow and High Winds Hit Devon And Cornwall (PHOTOS)

Snow and high winds have hit the south west of England as spring and summer continue to show little interest in reaching the UK.

Forecasters predicted that snow could possibly reach higher ground across Wales and Scotland but the snowfall across Devon and Cornwall has come as a surprise.

The latest bad weather follows heavy snow that caused problems in Devon in January

Claire Austin, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said on Tuesday that snow would only fall "over the very highest ground" and that it would not be widespread - but it would feel "chilly".

However, the weather took a turn for the worst in the south west where winds of 65mph were recorded, causing some power cuts and leading to transport problems as trees came down. Western Power Distribution said homes in Cornwall were still without power on Wednesday morning.

The snow followed heavy rain on Monday with a number of flood alerts still in place across the two counties.

Sheila Coates, from Princetown, told BBC Radio Devon: "It's crazy. When I went to bed last night I couldn't see out of my front window for the snow.

Ramblers in Cumbria battle through the snow

Blizzard-like conditions enveloped the Pennines on Wednesday

"I've lived here all my life and I've never known weather like it at this time of year."

Paul Mott, a forecaster at MeteoGroup, described the winds as "fairly unusual" for the time of year and said it was caused by a deep low pressure system over parts of England.

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