In Pictures: 'Beast from the East' blankets Britain in snow

Heavy snowfall has hit the UK, with several centimetres falling in some parts.

A train leaves Newcastle Train station following heavy overnight snowfall (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A train leaves Newcastle Train station following heavy overnight snowfall (Owen Humphreys/PA)
The Met Office said between 3cm and 4cm of snow fell in Newcastle and Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)
The Met Office said between 3cm and 4cm of snow fell in Newcastle and Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Heavy showers were expected to continue throughout the morning (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Heavy showers were expected to continue throughout the morning (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Amber warnings for snow are in place for the South East and North East of England and the East Midlands until midday (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Amber warnings for snow are in place for the South East and North East of England and the East Midlands until midday (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A yellow warning covering much of the country is in force until midnight (Gareth Fuller/PA)
A yellow warning covering much of the country is in force until midnight (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Forecasters are predicting 5cm-10cm of snow will fall for most areas of the UK, with up to 40cm possible for higher grounds in Scotland (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Forecasters are predicting 5cm-10cm of snow will fall for most areas of the UK, with up to 40cm possible for higher grounds in Scotland (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Conditions are not likely to improve for several days, with forecasters warning that snow will continue well into the week (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Conditions are not likely to improve for several days, with forecasters warning that snow will continue well into the week (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Forecaster Frank Saunders said parts of the country could see their 'coldest spell of weather since at least 2013, and possibly since 1991' (Peter Byrne/PA)
Forecaster Frank Saunders said parts of the country could see their 'coldest spell of weather since at least 2013, and possibly since 1991' (Peter Byrne/PA)
It is expected that the mercury could plummet to minus 15C by midweek where there is snow on the ground (Peter Byrne/PA)
It is expected that the mercury could plummet to minus 15C by midweek where there is snow on the ground (Peter Byrne/PA)
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