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Weather: Man Dies In Snow Trying To Get Home
A young man died in a "very tragic incident" after trying to get home in the snow in Burnley after a night out with friends.
The man's body was discovered in deep snow by a farmer yesterday afternoon but emergency services struggled to get to the area because of the weather conditions.
Chief Inspector Derry Crorken, of Burnley Police, said: "Early indications suggest that it appears to be a very tragic incident where a young man has been out with friends and has become caught up in the weather last night on his journey home.
"The snow and ice has been severe in the area with many roads not passable. I would urge people to take precautions and only go out if it is necessary and if you do go out then make sure friends and family know where you are and that you have suitable clothing on and your phone with you."
His death is the second tragedy in the recent spell of bad weather. On Friday police in Looe, Cornwall, found a body in a block of flats that had been flattened by a landslide thought to have been triggered by torrential rain.
Heavy snowfall has brought disruption to many parts of the UK, with roads closed, flights delayed, rail services cancelled and sports events called off.
Power lines were brought down, leaving tens of thousands of homes in Northern Ireland without electricity, while 18,000 properties in Scotland and hundreds more in areas of northern England also had no power.
In some areas police reported snow drifts up to 20ft (6m) while the British Red Cross were called on to ferry medical staff, paramedics and even patients to hospital using 4x4s.
The snowy conditions extended south, hitting areas around London and Kent, where forecasters said there could be 2cm-5cm (1-2ins) of the white stuff on higher ground.
The Met Office issued a yellow warning on Saturday for the public to be aware of adverse weather conditions as a slow-moving band of rain, sleet and snow made its way across many central and northern parts, and the south and east.
In North Wales the British Red Cross ferried hospital staff, paramedics and renal patients to hospitals using 4x4 vehicles.
David Hallows, service manager for emergency response for the Red Cross in North Wales, said: "I've never seen snow like it. It's a metre thick in places and it's not drifting.
"I just can't believe it. It's great to know that our 4x4 capability can be of such vital use to medical staff in getting them through these tough weather conditions to patients, many of whom are seriously ill."
Airports were forced to shut their runways, and road closures hit motorists. The AA has warned drivers that even short journeys may be difficult.
The snow is set to slowly die out and forecasters say most places will have a cold, dry day with cold easterly winds.
About 70 people stranded in their cars in Cumbria overnight were put up in a local high school. Police said that snow was drifting up to 20ft (6m) and they had had 1,500 calls asking for help.
In Northern Ireland, 6ft (1.8m) snow drifts left emergency crews struggling to get through but electricity was restored to 17,000 homes on Saturday.
However, about 18,000 customers were still cut off and teams were out again from first light to continue with network repairs, Northern Ireland Electricity said. They were using helicopters to try to identify the power lines affected.
In Scotland, ScottishPower said it was working hard to restore powers to all its affected homes.
Electricity North West was trying to restore power to parts of Cumbria, with 284 customers still without electricity, as engineers were unable to reach them due to road closures.
Leeds Bradford Airport said flights were not currently operating due to the adverse weather conditions. There was also disruption at East Midlands Airport.
Among the problems reported on the railways was disruption on First Transpennine Express services between Huddersfield and Manchester, and no Northern Rail services between Skipton and Carlisle.
The bad weather also hit the sporting programme, with racing at Doncaster and Newbury called off and some football league games in England and Scotland postponed.
Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Russia fell foul of the weather for the second time in 24 hours, with hostile conditions rendering Windsor Park unplayable.
The Group F clash was initially due to take place on Friday night but heavy snow and plummeting temperatures in Belfast saw the fixture postponed after three inspections by Norwegian referee Tom Hagen and the FIFA delegation.
The South West, which was hit by heavy rain and floods on Friday, had a dry day. Bylate evening the Environment Agency had only 63 flood alerts in place, those mainly for the South East.
It is expected to be the coldest March since 1962 when the average temperature was 2.8C (37F).
what do you think?
Still no snow here in devon.be careful out there everyone.
it's not vietnam shaun . calm down .
No Jimmy it isn't Vietnam but the roads are treacherous so I think Shaun's advice is sound.
Are you anywhere near the Babbacombe / St. Marychurch area? If so, have the trees in Cary Park sustained any damage? I remember the severe overnight storm of 7/8 July 2004, when large trees came down in Cary Park, and there was total tree carnage from Cary Park to Babbacome Downs. I hope nothing like that ever happens again.
No martin were in north devon.
Nice and sunny here in Cornwall,and its not liquid sunshine.
Flooding on the coast,but not in mid cornwall
over 6" here in sheffield
and it's snowing as well.
Ha! Cheeky Paul :)
Lucky for you Donna
Got the snowbard out this morn in Sheffield!
Did slow down here in Shrewsbury but coming down bit heavier now. Please be careful everyone
endofastorm its first 6" of "snow" i've seen in a few years
Windy in London.
Little bit of snow here, nothing to get worried about. Its snowed here for 15 hours straight. . So how come we only have about 10cm of snow underfoot ?
Same where i am . It seems to be thawing , yet still snowing.
Telford, Shropshire here. You know it's bad when the washing line has four inches of snow on it, there's at least eight on the ground. Mental.
Not that far away from me six inchs here but snow drifting in places.roads look ok so far
Snowing and setting in essex :o/
Up here in the north it snowed all day and all night so we are blocked in. There was a gale force wind as well so it has drifted. It was a terrible night.
Bit windy up in geordieland but barely a dusting of snow. It is what usually passes for summer weather up here
East Sussex coast...bit damp and chilly wind, must be last nights dinner...oops,lumpy wind.
Doing nothing at the moment here, but hoping to get nine inches tonight, if im lucky, lol.
Do let me know if that happens lol
Mmmmm stop bragging Shaun :(
if it happens you could try and get a photo of it shaun.send it to orange photos page.lol lol
Jane,I'm not too sure about that. Orange censor everything LOL
Jasmin i think even the orange censors would allow it especially if their female as shauns a bit of a looker.a bit like george clooney though not greying yet.
Jane is this the same shaun who played for exeter town.
Yes thats right debbie though i think its exeter city.
Just got a new phone and im not used to this. More used to facebook.every comment ive made has been censored and i dont know why.including the one above.you cant say anything on here not even d**k ( richard) this could someones name like d** k turpin.
I really dont beieve this censoring thing.
Yes debbie it can be very frustrating for some people on here.but you can get round it if you think about it.it stops people being insulting. So good idea really.
Well i for one would love to see his richard if orange censor it i could always post it on facebook.lol ha ha. So come on shaun out in the snow for us girls.lol lol
Snowed none stop here in chesterfield but my lil boy and me are loving it.two snowmen and a few snowballs later after sledging.back in,heating on snuggled up on sofa in pyjamas with a nice warm cuppa and biscuites.bliss
Thats the main reason i like tbe snow is its good opportunity to get kids out and have some fun.i promised if it snowed wed make a snowman a.snowlady and snowdog.since then weve not had one flake.the kids keep asking me if its gonna snow so far theyve been disappointed.
Aw<a href="http://www.poor" rel='nofollow'>www.poor</a> kids...it's great to get out with them isnt it.it's having it's disadvantages too so savour it while you can sean.lol.we are having a great day but i dont want it to last more than a couple of days.
Yes a couple of days enough kerry.theres a big field next to us where all the kids gather and we light a bonfire is well which gets rid of rubbish at same time.something like twenty kids come from surrounding area which can get a bit much so other parents come down is well.so at the moment the kids keep asking"whens it gonna snow" whens it gonna snow" its almost making me feei its my fault it hasnt snowed.
Dnt you hate it that kids can do that to you.experts at it and im in a constant state of guilt lol sounds like fun.if we did that round here it would probably be an excuse for all the drunkards to gather in one place.think i may have to move to devon lol
Apologies shaun.spelt your name wrong
Dont worry about it kerry.common mistake .
Merseyside has had 36 hrs of snow but it was slushy stuff so although its very cold we only have about 2ins on the ground. Great admiration for the gritters who were out twice yesterday so no problems on the roads. Well done fellas/girls!
Yellow warning !!!! DONT EAT YELLOW SNOW
Darn it too late !!!!!
La la la da da da la da doe ray me. Thats my version of doing a snowdance.still none here in devon.
Believe me you do not want snow. You are welcome to ours.
Try telling the kids that here valerie.
Don't forget, somebody died. It happens every time. Adverse weather conditions aren't funny for the victims and their families, nobody says this about the floods.
And come august drought orders!
STOP calling it "bad weather" !!! it is not naughty weather. the beeb said in one bulletin bad,terrible and horrendous !!! most of the countries of the world are desperate for our weather to save lives and grow crops and cool themselves. i saw comments from aussies who have never even seen snow and from other commenters in africa who are sweltering with the air conditioning on !!! looking on with envy at our weather. please describe it as something else other than negative. how about "challenging" weather ?
please feed the birds try brown bread as white bread looks like snow. thanks
I dont know what scrooge would vote you down for such a thoughtful comment.measily people.
Bazil I have been out today feeding the local birds and ducks as the snow has been so bad that no way could they get food. In severe weather conditions both humans and animals suffer.
we hang fat balls from the fence posts - no danger of getting buried in snow on the ground. all the birds love them !! (and there is no hint of smut or innuendo in this comment !!)
Been snowing here since Thursday morning. Boring now. Got a 4 foot drift in garden, 6-8 foot in hills just up the road. Knew we would get it bad always do.
Don't feed birds bread give them seed, Bread does nothing for them but fills them up with rubbish. google feeding birds bread