In Pictures: Snow and ice present dual threat but thaw offers hope of respite

The UK has battened down the hatches during the inclement weather brought by the Beast from the East but there are signs that the worst is over.

In the meantime, Sunday travellers still face hazards while some have defied the conditions to try ice climbing.

An abandoned car at Belah bridge in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
An abandoned car at Belah bridge in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather March 4th 2018
Mags Turnbull digs herself out after being snowed in for three days (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather March 4th 2018
Ms Turnbull, from Browfoot cottage in Bowerdale, Cumbria, has work to do (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather March 4th 2018
A JCB is used to scrape the road surface and clear snow (Ben Birchall/PA)
Winter weather March 4th 2018
People wait patiently on a snowy road as a JCB is used to clear the way (Ben Birchall/PA)
A JCB machine is deployed (Ben Birchall/PA)
A JCB machine is deployed (Ben Birchall/PA)
Men use shovels to try and free a lorry near Marlborough, Wiltshire (Ben Birchall/PA)
Men use shovels to try to free a lorry near Marlborough, Wiltshire (Ben Birchall/PA)
Sheep in a snow covered field near Tebay in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Sheep in a snow-covered field near Tebay in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A good sheepskin coat gives some respite from the weather in Tebay, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A good sheepskin coat gives some respite from the weather in Tebay (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Ice climbers defy the cold in Tebay, Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Ice climbers defy the cold in Tebay (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Ice climbing near Tebay in Cumbria (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Ice climbing near Tebay (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A frozen Ingleton waterfall in North Yorkshire (Owen Humphreys/PA)
A frozen Ingleton waterfall in North Yorkshire (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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