In pictures: spring snow hits the UK

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Freezing weather forecast to last until the weekend

Wintry conditions are set to continue across much of the country until the Easter weekend. Thousands of homes in north-east England and Yorkshire are still without power as engineers work round the clock to restore electricity. In Scotland, temperatures fell as low as -7C on Wednesday night. In this picture, a family walk in the snow in the Brecon Beacons in south Wales

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Sam Cunningham enjoys the fresh snow at the Glenshee Ski resort in the Cairngorms

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Ravensworth in North Yorkshire saw a temperature of -4C and Crosby in Merseyside felt the cold with a temperature of -1C. Temperatures on Thursday night are forecast to drop to -3C and -4C in the Midlands, East Anglia, southern England and Wales.

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An abandoned car is seen by the side of the A68 north of Tow Law in County Durham

Electricity suppliers Northern Powergrid said 25,000 customers across Northumberland, west County Durham, the North Yorkshire Moors and West Yorkshire were without power at one point on Wednesday afternoon. By 8.30pm that number had fallen to 8,000 and the company said on Twitter: "Work will continue until all customers affected by severe weather have been restored. We appreciate the patience of all customers affected by the heaviest April snowfall in our region for the last 30 years."

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A couple trudge through the snow in the Brecon Beacons in south Wales

Forecasters say the bad weather will not continue but temperatures would remain bitterly cold until Friday. Snow and sleet are set to die away across high ground of the West Midlands and Wales, and there will no new snowfall.

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A paper boy makes his way through snow in the Crosspool area of Sheffield

In the Peak District, 1,500 homes were cut off, Western Power Distribution said. Around 90,000 homes across northern England suffered power cuts since the bad weather arrived on Tuesday afternoon.

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A man clears his windows in Corbridge in Northumberland

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Families on a campsite at Marfit Head farm near Pickering in North Yorkshire

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Farmer Michael Rattray from West Park Farm near Auchterarder feeds his sheep and lambs

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Clearing the roads

A council worker and gritter from Perth and Kinross Council chip away at the ice-covered A93 at Spittal of Glenshee in the Cairngorms, after it was closed due to snowfall on Tuesday.

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A 4x4 covered in snow in Corbridge, Northumberland

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A dog catches a snowball near Pickering in North Yorkshire

A dog catches a snowball near Pickering in North Yorkshire.

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Hikers brave the weather in Otterburn in Northumberland

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A man cycles through snow in south Derbyshire

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The view from space

A photo of the British Isles taken by Nasa's Terra satellite, showing snow over Scotland on Tuesday.

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Snow on rooftops in Chapel Allerton, Leeds

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A snow-covered green on the Kings Course at Gleneagles

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John MacDonald clears paths in his street at Auchterarder

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Otterburn, Northumberland

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One extreme to another

Dan Cascarino moves his snow covered sun-lounger which he was using during last weeks heatwave at his home near Auchterarder.

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Thirteen year old Anna Roberts builds a snowman in her garden at her home near Auchterarder

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A young lamb in the snow at West Park Farm near Auchterarder

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Daffodils covered in snow in a garden in Auchterarder

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A woman clears her paths in her street at Auchterarder