Severe weather in Cheshire and Merseyside

Amur tiger at Knowsley Safari Park
Image caption Knowsley Safari Park was closed for the day

Scores of schools closed across Merseyside after heavy snowfall.

Cheshire Police said the snow had also caused the closure of the Runcorn Bridge with traffic being diverted via Warrington.

Schools were closed in Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire West, Knowsley, Halton and St Helens.

Sailings between Liverpool and Douglas on the Isle of Man were also cancelled, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company said.

Flights at Liverpool John Lennon Airport were also delayed by up to two hours.

The adverse weather has also seen the postponement of a fund-raising marathon by Claire House, the Bebington-based children's hospice.

The Excalibur Marathon was due to take place on Saturday at the Clwydian and Dee Valley Range but the charity said it had shelved the event due to a severe weather warning for north Wales.

St Helens Council has closed all of its sports pitches this weekend.

Tranmere Rovers are appealing for volunteers to help remove snow from Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon to help Sunday's game with Stevenage go ahead.

Southport are also calling for volunteers to remove snow from their pitch from 07:00 GMT on Saturday to get it clear for their home game against Kidderminster at 13:00.

Knowsley Safari Park was also forced to close and could be shut on Saturday.

Merseyside Police reported disruption caused at the Rainhill Stoops roundabout after two cars skidded across the road.