More than 3,000 people remained without power overnight as the wintry weather refused to loosen its freezing grip on the UK.
Residents in Argyll and the Isle of Arran were cut off due to snow-damaged pylons, while parts of the country’s transport network are blocked due to deep snow drifts.
The cold weather will linger for at least several more days, forecasters have warned, with a Met Office level three cold weather alert in place until Friday.
Paul Mott, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: ‘Where there is a lot of snow lying on the ground we should see a slow thaw by the end of the week, with temperatures creeping up to 4C or 5C (39F or 41F) during the days by about Friday.
‘But there is still going to be a very sharp frost during the night. For the foreseeable future it is going to stay cold, and the…
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