Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Winter wonderland: Frost makes much of countryside look like a Christmas card

A dog walker in Abbey Fields, Kenilworth, Warwickshire this morning walking past frozen willow trees

After a day of freezing fog and a night where temperatures reached well below zero in many parts, residents of Great Britain's countryside awoke this morning to find spectacular scenes straight from a Christmas card.

The green landscape had been turned into a beautiful frost-covered wash of white in many parts of the country.

Despite the below-freezing temperatures there was little snow outside Scotland, and instead the precipitation on grass and leaves froze and turned to ice.

Wild animals left to roam free and live off the land won't have been so pleased with their picturesque surroundings, however.

A herd of deer was pictured in Bristol's Ashton Court estate trying to forage for vegetation through the frozen ground.

Not all animals were as unfortunate though; a badling of ducks was seen happily swimming through water in Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire, surrounded by a landscape that had been turned white with frost.

Ducks swim on water that hasn't frozen over at Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Gloucestershire, surrounded by a landscape that has been dusted white with frost

A herd of deer in the Ashton Court estate in Bristol try to forage for vegetation to eat on the frozen ground

People walk their dogs through Ashton Court, which was blanketed in hoar frost this morning. Despite temperatures of -4C, however, the area avoided snow overnight

Despite the brief respite from snow for much of England, it looks like the country is set for another chilling wallop of weather as forecasters warned that the snow which has plunged Scotland into chaos will move south by tomorrow morning.

A deluge of snow which saw up to 16in fall in a matter of hours north of the border stranded thousands of motorists overnight and left schoolchildren stuck in their classrooms.

The Met office warned today that the freezing weather front would cross the border and hit Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in the early hours of Wednesday to create carnage in rush hour.

Trees in Clanfield, Hampshire, turn a brilliant white colour as their leaves are covered with ice

The Victorian Arnos Vale cemetery in Brislington, Bristol, was given a white hue as the freezing conditions froze vegetation

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