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By Nafeesa Shan and Rumeana Jahangir

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Thanks for your company and fantastic contributions all day. We hope we have provided you with a comprehensive service to help you through.

We're always keen to hear your feedback: northwest.newsonline@bbc.co.uk

In the meantime, though, have a lovely evening.

More snow on the way?

Just when you thought we were through the worst of it...

The Met Office's

yellow warning for snow and ice continues into tomorrow.

Yellow weather warning
Met Office

Showers of sleet, snow and hail will continue into Friday morning, although at lower levels there will be a gradual trend towards rain and sleet from Thursday evening onwards.

Further snow is likely on higher ground, though, along with icy stretches on untreated surfaces.

Jack's snow garden

And here's the view into Jack Bolton's garden in Lymm in Cheshire.

Snow in Lymm
Jack Bolton

Picture perfect

Ann Russell has emailed in with this charming photograph of Werneth Low in Greater Manchester.

Werneth Low
Ann Russell

Smile! You're on NW News Online...

Before we wrap things up for the evening with the all-important weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow, we'd like to cheer you up with a selection of the day's best pictures.

The dog, understandably, looks bemused as this snowman appears to be "walking his geese" in New Mills in Derbyshire. Thanks to Marie Connah for emailing this photo.

Snowman with two plastic geese
Marie Connah

Snow? What snow?

Arif Ansari

Political editor, North West

It's a good job he knows the political climate better than the weather...

"I said yesterday that I didn't think it would snow this year. And I'm sticking with that prediction..."

Snow in Greater Manchester
BBC

Heading over the hills?

BBC Travel

  • A57 Snake Pass is closed in both directions between the Royal Oak Inn in Glossop and Ladybower reservoir
  • Crossing into West Yorkshire? There's disruption between the A669 Chew Valley Road in Greenfield and A6024 Woodhead Road in Holmfirth

Find more traffic information on the

BBC Travel website.

A wintry view from Dunham Massey

Ian Shoesmith

BBC North West

While getting anywhere is a nightmare in the snow and ice, once you do reach your destination at this time of year your patience is often amply rewarded.

Dunham Massey pond
ALtrincham.today
Nice weather for ducks... maybe

Our thanks again to the

altrincham.today news website.

Cold snap thefts

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC North West

Merseyside Police, meanwhile, is reminding drivers not to leave their keys in the ignition during the cold weather.

They said cars have been stolen in south Liverpool while motorists left them unlocked or unattended in the morning.

Det Insp Ian Warlow said "a few seconds can present a thief with an opportunity to steal your car and everything inside it.

"We know that it's tempting when it's cold to leave your engine running while you do other things before your journey. But these shortcuts leave your car vulnerable to theft and may also invalidate your insurance."

M62

The M62 in the North West isn't looking too bad either, although traffic is a little slow eastbound between junctions 19 (for the A6046) and 20 (for Milnrow) because of an earlier accident.

M60 update

M60 map
BBC

According to

BBC Travel there are no major problems on the M60 at the moment - let's hope it stays that way for the rest of the evening rush.

M65 accident

BBC Travel

There is severe traffic after an accident between a car and a lorry carrying steel drums on the

M65 westbound in Lancashire between junction six (A678) and junction four (A666).

Narnia or Derbyshire?

Person walking through snowy woods in Whaley Bridge
Peter Murray

Jane Austen wrote there was "no finer county in England than Derbyshire" and Peter Murray's photo from the Peak District shows why it's hard to disagree.

He writes that it was "taken on the railway incline in Whaley Bridge at lunchtime today".

Degrees of winter

Sam Cooper has sent us this of the snow outside the University of Manchester earlier.

Manchester University
Sam Cooper

Smiling snowgirl

Amelia from Stockport has made her very own snowgirl - and been kind enough to lend her a hat and scarf too.

Snow girl and Amelia
Hayley Toulson

Cat & Fiddle closed

BBC Travel

Snowfall has led to the closure of the A537 Cat & Fiddle Road between the Bull Hill Lane junction in Macclesfield and the A54 junction in Buxton.

Find more traffic information at the

BBC Travel website.

Pup's first snow

Samantha Gorton says her little pup hasn't seen snow before like this and "bless her, didn't didn't know whether to eat it or leave it!"

Samantha Gorton's puppy
Samantha Gorton

Spot the telescope

Professor of Astrophysics Tim O'Brien has

tweeted this hazy image of the Lovell Telescope at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Lower Withington.

Snow at Jodrell Bank
Tim O'Brien

Fortunately, a radio telescope works just as well in a whiteout.

Preston's hourly forecast

BBC Weather predicts snow showers will become increasingly confined to the hills later in the day for Preston.

Weather forecast for Preston
BBC

It will remain windy with a significant wind chill and frost likely.

Alpacas sheltering from the snow

These alpacas in Over Alderley have taken shelter from the snow - but they've not shaken the flakes off their coats.

Alpacas
Annette Kinsella

Thanks to Annette Kinsella for the picture.

Manchester's weather forecast

BBC Weather predicts the snow showers will likely fall as sleet near the coasts and the snow will become increasingly confined to the hills later in the day for Manchester.

Weather forecast
BBC

Outbreaks of rain, sleet and hill snow will move southwards from midnight, easing later.

Lancashire 'prepared for snow'

Lancashire County Council says it was prepared for the snow and had been out gritting since yesterday.

The A56 Accrington
BBC

Senior Highways manager Duncan Reeve said all priority routes were treated yesterday afternoon, in the evening and some were treated twice through the night.

Blackbird in the snow

Jane Michael has taken a photo from her house in Marple.

Snow in Marple
Jane Michael

She says it has stopped snowing and saw this blackbird out in one of the trees.

Sallie George

BBC News

tweets: Six hours on this plane and we are now getting off, having moved not one inch. #ManchesterAirport #snow

Buses 'struggle' in snow

Tim Beagon says buses were struggling to get up the hill in Marple Bridge earlier this morning.

Marple bridge
Tim Beagon

Trams back on track

Metrolink tells us tram services are operating as usual across Greater Manchester. Please check

the website before travelling.

Metrolink
Soby Babu

Your stories

Chris Lord, from Lymm emails: "A nightmare journey this morning. Trying to travel from Lymm to Bingley, Yorkshire. Had to turn back at Rishworth Moor M62 due to gridlock.

"Travelled back to Lymm clockwise M60, but got stuck again from Bredbury to M56. I've only just made it home after 4&1/2 hour journey covering 66 miles!"

Snowbound plane drama continues

Sallie George

BBC News

tweets: A very exasperated US crew member walking through the plane saying "I'm sorry guys, I have no information". #ManchesterAirport #snow

Gritters staying out and about

Blackburn with Darwen Council says: "Gritting teams are still out on the road this afternoon, with a full treatment planned to be carried out from 6pm tonight to deal with the on/off snow showers.

gritter
Getty Images

"Lows of -2C overnight with snow and ice being the main hazards."

'Fantastic' Frank in the snow

Neil Taylor has

tweeted this 'absolutely fantastic' photo of the Frank Sidebottom statue enjoying the snow in Timperley.

Frank Sidebottom statue
Neil Taylor

A Franktastic photo? 'Yes it is, ACTUALLY!'

Flights resume at Manchester

Tom Mullen

BBC News

We've had official confirmation that flights have now resumed at Manchester Airport - but hold-ups are still possible.

Snow at Manchester Airport
BBC

A spokesman said: "Following the poor weather experienced this morning, flights have now resumed but are subject to delays.

"The safety and security of our passengers is paramount and we continue to make significant efforts to clear snow from other parts of the airfield. Further periods of poor weather are forecast for the rest of the day, and we would ask all passengers to contact their airline before travelling to Manchester Airport."

Roads looking clear again

In Greater Manchester and Lancashire,

BBC Travel reports:

BBC Travel update
BBC

Plane de-icing delay

Sallie George

BBC News

tweets: Our plane now being de-iced before takeoff #ManchesterAirport #snow

Then

tweets, a short time later: The de-icing truck has broken down. News announced to widespread groans. We are getting another, but more waiting #ManchesterAirport #snow

Plane de-icing
BBC

The only way is up?

News is reaching us from Manchester Airport that planes are beginning to take off again

Snowman fun

Here's toddler Nathaniel Battle, standing proudly alongside his snowman - which he has named Nathaniel!

Nathaniel Battle and snowman
Lee Battle

Thanks to his mother, Lee, for getting in touch

Thanks for the help

At least the weather is bringing out the best in some people in the Marple Bridge area of Stockport:

Mark Jones

tweets: "Don't know who they were, but want to say a big thanks to the group of lads who gave my van a push up Compstall Road."

Motorway misery

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Glad things are moving again at Manchester Airport, but it's still grim out there on many of the North West's roads

Chris Lloyd has emailed us with this evocative photograph of the disruption on the M60. It sounds like he's had no end of trouble.

Snow on M60
Chris Lloyd

He says: "A nightmare journey this morning. Trying to travel from Lymm, Cheshire to Bingley, Yorkshire.

"Had to turn back at Rishworthmoor M62 due to gridlock. Travelled back to Lymm clockwise on the M60, but got stuck again from Bredbury to the M56. I've only just made it home after a four-and-a-half-hour journey covering 66 miles!"

Ready for take-off

Sallie George BBC News

Passengers have been told to prepare for departure.

We were due to set off to Newark, New Jersey at 09:15 from Manchester Airport but were delayed because of the snow.

Ambulance service advice

The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust advises taking extra care and only travelling if you need to.

Derek Cartwright, director of operations said: "Severe weather has a huge impact on the service as we, like all other road users, have to negotiate the hazardous driving conditions.

"There is always an increase in the number of road traffic collisions and falls and therefore I ask that the public only take necessary journeys.

"If you do need to travel, make sure you are prepared for extended journey times."

Helping hand for east Lancashire

Mountain rescue volunteers are out in Rossendale and Pendle.

Team Leader Peter Goble says they are ready to help the emergency services.