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Summary

  1. Commuters across UK advised to check routes before travelling as snow and ice affects roads and railways
  2. Yellow warnings for snow and ice for southern, eastern and north-eastern England, parts of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  3. Dozens of flights are cancelled at several airports
  4. More than 1,000 schools are closed across England, Wales and Scotland
  5. In Cornwall, more than 100 people spent the night at a pub after cars became stuck

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By Joseph Lee and Paul Gribben

All times stated are UK

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  1. Weekend weather forecast

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    Video caption: UK weather: Sunshine and wintry showers expected at weekend

    BBC weather presenter Stav Danaos says more disruption is possible due to ice overnight, but he says the heavy snow is clearing from southern England and the weekend is expected to be bright and cold.

    Snow showers are expected to continue in northern and eastern Scotland and eastern England.

  2. Watch: Zoo animals explore the snow

    Siberian tigers, yaks and penguins are among the animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo happy to go for a walk in wintry conditions.

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    Video caption: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo animals explore snowy conditions
  3. Freezing weather halts Beckham's sporting visit

    David Beckham

    David Beckham had been due to watch Salford City for the first time after his appointment as director of the non-league club.

    But that will have to wait, as the match has been postponed until Tuesday because of the wintry weather.

    The former England star purchased a 10% stake in the club and is a part-owner with several of his former Manchester United teammates.

  4. More delays for travellers and frustration for sports fans

    Travellers across the UK are being warned of further disruption to come, with yellow weather warnings for snow and ice issued for Friday evening and overnight in many parts of the country.

    Motorists this evening face particularly difficult travel conditions in Hampshire and Surrey, according to Highways England, while rail passengers in Hampshire have been delayed by falling trees.

    Some weekend sporting fixtures have been postponed, including the Bath v Gloucester rugby match and the Football League Two game between Tranmere and Port Vale. Check the latest updates on postponements here.

  5. Travellers stuck on the Friday night commute

    Delays are hitting road and rail travellers in southern England on their way home for the weekend.

    Parts of Hampshire near Basingstoke are proving a particular trouble spot.

    Ross Carradice, who was travelling from Southampton, tells the BBC he's been stranded on a train after a tree fell on the line - and then another fell and hit his train.

    "We’ve been here an hour already and the driver says we’ll be here at least another hour," he says.

    "The driver and the train manager have been outside trying to remove the tree in front of us."

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    Traffic in snow on the A339
    Image caption: Traffic at a standstill on the A339 near Basingstoke

    Things aren't much better on the roads, where drivers are reporting gridlock around Basingstoke and long delays on the M3.

    Ian Crowder has been stuck in stationery traffic since 14:30. He says: "People are standing talking to each other through the windows of cars. I think we could be here for a little while."

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  6. Snow Dalek: 'Exterminate! Exterminate!

    There was clearly a Doctor Who fan having fun in Wiltshire on Friday.

    This snow Dalek was spotted in the market town of Marlborough.

    Dr Who has filmed in the town in the past, according to BBC colleagues from the area.

    A snow Dalek
    Image caption: A Dalek was assembled in Marlborough, Wiltshire
  7. In Pictures: Snowy scenes across the UK

    Children sledging
    Image caption: Children go sledging as they enjoy a day off school due to the weather in Poundbury in Dorset.

    As the snow continues to fall across much of the UK, here is our picture gallery of some of the most striking images that have been taken.

    In Pictures: Snowy scenes across the UK

    Stonehenge in the snow

    As snow falls on large parts of the UK, we look at some of the most striking wintry images.

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  8. Parts of M3 'virtually impassable'

    There are severe delays on parts of the M3 in Hampshire.

    The motorway is blocked in both directions due to a jackknifed lorry and snow between M3 (Winchester Services) and Junction 5 A287 (Hook).

    There are three jackknifed lorries around Junction 6 and Junction 7.

    The M3 is virtually impassable because of the snow and lorries struggling on the inclines.

    Police warn not to attempt travelling around the Basingstoke area unless absolutely necessary.

    Meanwhile, the M3 in Surrey is now cleared, with all lanes open, after a broken-down vehicle was removed on the M3 southbound at Junction 2 of the M25.

  9. Bath shopping centre closed after 'dangerously close' collapse

    Corridor shopping centre with fallen debris

    The Corridor shopping centre in Bath was closed on Friday after two separate roof collapses due to snow.

    Large blocks of stone were pulled from the parapets above its glass roof by a pigeon net weighted down with snow, a local shopkeeper said.

    There were two separate incidents, which he described as "very serious - they could easily have caused a fatality if they had hit someone".

    The first was on Friday morning when members of the public were in the centre.

    A second collapse happened at around 3.30pm, the witness said.

    But Friday's snow meant that not many shoppers were around and no-one was hurt.

    Corridor shopping centre with fallen debri
    Corridor shopping centre with fallen debri
  10. Premiership Rugby match postponed

    Bath Rugby says that "despite huge efforts from our grounds team" it hasn't been able to clear the pitch of snow in time for tomorrow's scheduled match with Gloucester without damaging the playing surface.

    The team says it hopes to reschedule the match for Sunday at 14:30 GMT, but that it is "most likely" to be delayed until Monday at 19:45.

    A final decision on the timing is due to be made on Saturday at 10:00.

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  11. More views of today's snow

    There have been some stunning shots of snow today.

    Here are some of the ones that caught our eye.

    Loch Tulla in Scotland
    Image caption: The low sun falls on Loch Tulla in Scotland
    A man gritting the road in Basingstoke, Hampshire
    Image caption: A man grits the road in Basingstoke, Hampshire, ready for more snow
    Loch Ard in the Trossachs National Park
    Image caption: A tranquil moment at Loch Ard in the Trossachs National Park, Scotland
    Dog walkers on the Chilterns
    Image caption: Dogs and their owners enjoyed the snow on the Chilterns in Oxfordshire
    A passenger train in snow near Basingstoke
    Image caption: A passenger train made it through the snow near Basingstoke, Hampshire
  12. Bristol Airport runway reopens for 'full schedule' on Saturday

    The runway at Bristol Airport is now reopen after it was shut because of heavy snowfall.

    The airport is preparing for a "full schedule" for Saturday.

    In an earlier tweet it said the majority of the remaining flights for today have been cancelled.

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  13. Updated yellow warning from the Met Office

    A new yellow warning for the south east and south west of England warns that extra late afternoon and early evening snow may cause further disruption.

    The warning is in place from 16:00 GMT to 20:00.

    The Met Office says it means:

    • possible travel delays on roads, stranding some vehicles and passengers
    • possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
    • power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected

    According to the forecaster, there is likely to be a further 2-3cm (1in) of snow.

    In some places, particularly hills over 150m, there could be 3-7cm (1-3in).

    The places covered by the warning are Bracknell Forest, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Wokingham and Wiltshire.

  14. Watch: Animals have fun in the snow

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    Video caption: Animals enjoy East of England snowfall

    Time now for the obligatory videos of animals loving the snow.

    The footage here has been captured by people in the East of England, where hundreds of schools have closed and several centimetres of snow settled.

  15. Gunners or snowballers?

    Earlier, we posted images of some Newcastle United players throwing snowballs at training.

    Not to be outdone, the Arsenal team were also captured battling it out in the wintry conditions.

    Zech Medley
    Image caption: Centre back Zech Medley prepares a shot
    Petr Cech
    Image caption: Goalkeeper Petr Cech leaps over a pile of snow
    Alex Iwobi
    Image caption: Forward Alex Iwobi gets ready to strike
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    Image caption: Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets some height on his jump over the snow
  16. Here's what to do if you get stuck behind a gritter

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    Driving home tonight?

    With several councils promising that the gritters are out in force, the RAC has posted some suggestions on what to do if there's one in your way.

    The main tips are:

    • give yourself some space to protect your paintwork
    • be aware of reduced traction on the fresh grit
    • leave room at junctions for the sudden spray
    • look out for their orange warning lights
    • don't swerve if one is approaching from the opposite direction
    • be patient - don't overtake unless it's safe
    • leave more overtaking room if you really can't wait behind
  17. Even exotic animals 'enjoy the snow'

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    Even exotic animals from warmer climates like to enjoy the snow, the animal operations manager of Whipsnade Zoo, in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, says.

    Yak, wolverine and amur tigers are just some of those that enjoy the cold weather, says Matthew Webb.

    They originate from climates that can be extreme, so they are very well adapted to cold spells like this, though they still have cosy, warm enclosures to live in.

    He added: "You will tend to find most of these animals, even if from quite warm climates, will go outside in the snow and enjoy it."

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  18. Dad of baby nearly born in Asda: We were panicking a bit

    Baby Amelia

    Among the stories that have emerged from the snow chaos is that of mum Roxanne Campbell, who went into premature labour while stranded on the A30 in Bodmin, in Cornwall, on Thursday.

    Pregnant Roxanne and husband Alex went into Asda as "it was the nearest place where it was warm" - but soon the contractions were coming fast.

    Alex said when the contractions started he was "panicking a bit".

    Store manager Lee Coshall said: "The contractions were getting closer together, I brought them down into the office.

    "We got to the point where they were coming every minute and a half. So that's when we asked her to lay down and have a look and then she started breaching.

    "It got to the point the baby was almost here and thankfully the paramedics did turn up."

    The couple were taken to hospital and baby Amelia was born at Treliske Hospital at 20:21, weighing 5lb 5oz.

    Read the full story here.