Much of Britain has been turned into a winter wonderland, with roads and fields blanketed with snow.

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A man walks along the famous Dark Hedges avenue of trees in Antrim, Northern Ireland, after snow fell in the areaCharles McQuillan/Getty Images
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Racehorses are exercised on the snow-covered gallops in Middleham, North YorkshireAnna Gowthorpe/Getty Images
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Blair Castle is surrounded by snow in Blair Atholl, central ScotlandRussell Cheyne/Reuters
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Trees are reflected in the Llwyn-onn reservoir, Brecon Beacons, south WalesGeoff Caddick./AFP

More than 200 schools have been closed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and police have advised the public to be careful when travelling on icy roads.

The Met Office has issued an 'amber' alert for further wintry conditions, warning that the high ground of Wales, the moors of south-west England, the Mendips and Cotswolds are at the greatest risk of high levels of snow.

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Pro surfer Alastair Mennie makes his way towards the beach at Portrush in Antrim, Northern IrelandCharles McQuillan/Getty Images
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A dog runs through a park after heavy snowfall in Londonderry, Northern IrelandCathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Roses protrude through the snow in the city cemetery in Londonderry, Northern IrelandCathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Ben Curran, six, plays in the snow as schools were closed in Londonderry (Derry), Northern IrelandPaul Faith/AFP
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A man walks past a mural in Londonderry (also known as Derry), Northern IrelandCathal McNaughton/Reuters
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A statue of a piper is covered in snow in Bruar, central ScotlandRussell Cheyne/Reuters
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A farmer rides his quad bike on a snow-covered road in East Haugh, central ScotlandRussell Cheyne/Reuters
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A wintry view, looking over Loch Tulla in Tyndrum, ScotlandMark Runnacles/Getty Images
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A man pulls a child on a sledge as they return from shopping in Pitlochry, central ScotlandRussell Cheyne/Reuters
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A dog plays in snow on the Bath RacecourseMatt Cardy/Getty Images
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A Royal Mail van drives underneath the Ribblehead Viaduct, near the village of Chapel-le-Dale in North YorkshireOli Scarff/AFP
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Snow-covered hills and fields are pictured in Garwnant, in the Brecon Beacons, south WalesGeoff Caddick./AFP
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The reservoir tower is pictured against a backdrop of the snow-covered mountain of Fan Nedd at Garwnant in the Brecon Beacons, WalesGeoff Caddick./AFP

The west coast has been battered by strong winds, with gusts of up to 80mph. Cold and risky weather conditions are expected to continue into the weekend.