In Pictures: Snow joke as rescue teams bid to reach cut-off Cumbrian villages

The military is being called in to take emergency supplies to "extremely isolated" parts of Cumbria after severe weather wreaked havoc across the area.

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The county council said areas including Fellside, South Stainmore and Alston had been cut off for five days - and would remain so for another 48 hours - after heavy snowfall and slow progress in clearing the roads.

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(Owen Humphreys/PA)

A Chinook helicopter has been brought in to drop supplies, including food, coal and logs for heating and electrical heating appliances.

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Stewart Young, leader of Cumbria County Council, said: "We have some communities who have now been stranded for five days and we have to do all we can to ensure that they are safe and well.

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"Despite our very best efforts and our crews working day and night we are experiencing ongoing significant challenges in accessing some of our communities.

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"The depth of snow and the challenging nature of the terrain is making progress on clearing roads exceptionally slow."

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(Owen Humphreys/PA)

A yellow weather warning for ice issued by the Met Office is in place for areas including Cumbria until 11am on Monday.

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Homeowners watch over a snowblower as it clears the road which leads to a small Hamlet that has been blocked since Thursday at Parkhead near Kirkoswald.

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