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Last Updated: Sunday March 23 2008 12:28 GMT

Wild weather sweeps across the UK

A girl caught in the wild weather

Icy winds and snow showers have swept across large parts of the UK creating a white and chilly Easter.

Heavy snow has fallen across Scotland and northern England, with snow showers affecting much of the rest of the UK.

In some areas, people are being warned not to go out in their cars unless they really have to as the roads are so bad.

In Cumbria, three men had to be rescued from England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, when they were caught out by the bad weather.

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A lamb in a snow-covered field

There has been widespread travel chaos with icy roads and up to 10cm of snow.

The wild weather has also caused tourist attractions like Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire to close.

'Not very nice'

In North Yorkshire, a police spokesman described conditions as "horrendous".

"There is plenty of snow and the major problem is with the roads," he said.

"The snow came down suddenly. It is very icy and very cold. We have had no major incidents, just minor bumps, but it is not very nice out there."