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UK weather: Snowy scenes across the UK

Snowfall is causing disruption across parts of the UK as very cold air sweeps in from Russia.

Some people, though, have found ways to enjoy the freezing conditions.

Icicles hang from a frozen elephant fountain in Colchester Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The UK is experiencing what is expected to be the coldest week of the winter. This elephant fountain in Colchester froze when temperatures fell below zero
People punting on the River Cam in Cambridge Image copyright REX/Shutterstock
Image caption Brave visitors to Cambridge on Monday weren't deterred from punting on the River Cam
People walking through snow Image copyright PA
Image caption Hundreds of schools closed, giving many children a day off
Rochester Castle surrounded by snow Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Some, like these beside Rochester Castle in Kent, took the opportunity to go sledging
Snow covers the beach in the sea side resort of Scarborough in North Yorkshire Image copyright AFP
Image caption Walkers braved the cold on Scarborough's snow-covered beach on Tuesday
Three cows in snow behind a wire fence Image copyright AFP
Image caption Chester Zoo closed its doors due to fears for the animals' welfare, but these cattle in Denby Dale seem unfazed by the cold
Cars travel through Great Chart in Ashford, Kent, following heavy overnight snowfall Image copyright PA
Image caption Motorists are being urged to take extra care and in the worst affected areas, only travel if absolutely necessary
A Eurostar train passes through snow in Ashford, Kent Image copyright PA
Image caption Rail passengers were affected by hundreds of train cancellations
Houses covered in snow Image copyright Sue Pinney
Image caption An amber weather warning - meaning there's a risk to life and property - was in place for some areas of the country
Newcastle Quayside following heavy overnight snowfall. Image copyright PA
Image caption Less severe yellow warnings were in place across a much wider area thanks to the so-called "Beast from the East"
A couple sit on a bench overlooking the snow-covered fields of Thirsk at Sutton bank National Park Centre in the North Yorks Moors National Park in North Yorkshire Image copyright AFP
Image caption Fields were covered with thick snow in Thirsk, North Yorkshire
People walk over Millennium Bridge in the snow, in London Image copyright PA
Image caption St Paul's Cathedral was barely visible as heavy snow showers reached central London
People walk through Green Park after a snow flurry in central London Image copyright EPA
Image caption The flurry left London's Green Park under a blanket of snow

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