Snow causes travel and power disruption

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.

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.

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