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A man has died as severe wintry weather disrupted transport and power supplies across much of the UK.

The body of the 27-year-old man was found in deep snow in farmland near Burnley in Lancashire, police said.

A number of roads and airports were shut and many sport fixtures cancelled, after Friday's snow left some motorists trapped in their vehicles overnight.

A Met Office warning of snow covers Northern Ireland, much of England, northern Wales and south-west Scotland.

The body of the man, who has not been named, was found by a farmer in Brierfield, near Burnley, Lancashire, at about 13.30 GMT.

Police said he had been walking home after a night out with friends.

Winter weather in spring

  • Caused by persistent easterly winds from frozen continental Europe which have chilled North Sea to 4- 5C
  • Average land temperature is currently around 3C - normally should be nearer 6C
  • Coldest March on record was in 1962 with a mean temperature of 1.9C, which will not be beaten this year
  • 2013 could be colder than the more recent cold March of 1987 with a mean temperature of 3.3C
  • Forecasters say the cold could hang on until the bitter end of March

Some motorists were trapped in their cars overnight in Dumfries and Galloway, and about 20,000 homes are still without electricity in Northern Ireland after a blackout on Friday.

Near Bala in Gwynedd, a couple spent 18 hours trapped in their car in a snow drift from 14:00 GMT on Friday until a search and rescue team reached them at 08:00 GMT on Saturday and walked them to safety.

Saturday's severe weather follows snowfalls across parts of the UK on Friday which resulted in the closure of hundreds of schools.

The continuing wintry weather has seen snow falling across central and northern parts of the country and spreading to parts of south and south-east England.

Motorists across much of the UK have been advised to exercise caution, as roads have become impassable or been closed in many parts of the country.

Scenes of snow and travel disruption around the UK

In Scotland, thousands of homes are without power in Dumfries and Galloway, around Campbeltown in Kintyre, and on the islands of Arran, Islay, Jura and Bute, with blocked roads, high winds and blizzards hampering the repair effort.

Northern Ireland Electricity said it could be days before all the power supply problems there are fixed.

And about 2,000 homes in north Wales are without electricity after heavy snow.

At the scene

Snowballs hurtle past me; the groom throws one in his bride's direction.

"I can't believe you just aimed straight at my dress," she said.

Julie Swan and husband James are having their first fight of married life.

But their wedding in Barnsley almost didn't happen.

It looks idyllic, but 48 hours of snow caused treacherous conditions at the country hotel.

I chatted to the panicked groom when myself and colleagues were snowed in overnight.

At one point nobody, including food deliveries, could get in or out.

"My family and friends can't get up the hill and I'm really scared," James told me ahead of the ceremony

But hotel staff and guests determinedly pushed and dug a route to make way for the vintage bridal car. Even if the bride did end up wearing pink wellingtons.

In other developments across the UK:

The prolonged cold snap has sparked fears that the UK will run out of stored gas.

However, the National Grid has said there is "plenty of gas available", and the Department of Energy and Climate Change has said gas needs are being met.

The BBC Weather Centre said Sunday was going to be predominantly dry.

But it warned that the cold winds were expected to continue, and that temperatures would struggle to get above freezing across many central areas.

Next week would generally see drier and brighter conditions, but it was expected to remain very cold and some snow showers were likely, the forecast said.

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