The freezing weather is thought to have led to the death of a 27-year-old man who was trying to get home after a night out with friends.
The man’s body was discovered in deep snow by a farmer yesterday afternoon, but the emergency services struggled to get to the area because of the poor weather conditions.
Lancashire Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Chief Inspector Derry Crorken said: “Early indications suggest that it appears to be a very tragic incident where a young man has been out with friends and has become caught up in the weather last night on his journey home.
“The snow and ice has been severe in the area with many roads not passable. I would urge people to take precautions and only go out if it is necessary.
“If you do go out, then make sure friends and family know where you are and that you have suitable clothing on and your phone with you.”
The man’s death comes as police said the body of a hill walker had been found in the Scottish Highlands following a mountain rescue search.
The 57-year-old man was found yesterday in the Streap area, near Fort William, in the West Highlands, which is still under heavy wintry conditions.
Police said it was not yet possible to say whether the walker’s death was related to the poor weather.
On Friday, police in Looe, Cornwall, found a body in a block of flats that had been flattened by a landslide thought to have been triggered by torrential rain.
Northern Ireland Electricity said 29,000 homes were still waiting to be reconnected – and it could be days before they all have power. About 1,000 homes in Northern Ireland were also without water last night.
In Scotland, about 5,000 homes in Kintyre are without power, with a further 1,500 homes in the north and west of Arran also without supply.
Meanwhile the snow and ice is expected to cause continued problems on the nation’s transport network.
The Met Office still has yellow “be aware” weather alerts in place sweeping from southeast England up to southern Scotland, covering Northern Ireland and northeast Wales.
Up to an inch of snow has fallen across eastern Scotland and central parts of England, the Midlands, East Anglia and Lincolnshire overnight. Another inch will build up in the same areas throughout the day, spreading to east Wales and northern England.
The Met Office also warned of a risk of ice, saying: “Lying snow in many areas will melt on roads and pavements by day, refreezing by night to give icy patches.
“Also, snow blowing off fields in strong to gale force winds will affect some roads, especially over high ground.”
The unseasonal weather comes as the UK prepares to enter British Summer Time next Sunday.
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has cut the odds of snow at Easter to 4/5 after taking a flurry of bets in the past 48 hours. If it does snow, it would be the first white Easter in five years.
Forecasters have predicted it could be the coldest March in 50 years. In 1962, average temperatures for the month were 2.8C (37F).
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