Parts of Britain were waking up under several inches of snow today as a flash of winter weather in spring made some areas colder than Moscow.
Up to 48,000 homes were without power as blizzards, gale-force winds and torrential rain hit both Scotland and Northern Ireland, knocking down power lines and causing widespread transport havoc.
In the worst-hit part of the province, around 300 people - including children on a school bus - had to be rescued from vehicles trapped in snow overnight on the Glenshane Pass near Londonderry.
While some parts of the UK were below freezing, temperatures in Moscow reached a mild 13c (55f).
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The north of Scotland was worst affected, with temperatures dropping to minus 5C in Cairnwell, near Braemar. Some drivers were forced to dig their cars out from a foot of snow close to Denny in Stirlingshire.
The lorries were stuck for several hours on the M90 as temperatures plummeted overnight across the country.
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