Similar scenes were captured on camera in the UK and the Netherlands on Sunday (10 December) as passengers and passers-by in both countries were forced to help push buses through the snow.

First, in Leiden, South Holland, freelance writer Juan posted a video on Twitter of people with shopping bags stopping to help passengers push a hybrid single-decker bus through the snow up a slight slope onto the partially-cleared main road at a level crossing.

It took around seven people to push the bus, and there was some gentle applause when the job was done - as well as people casually just picking up their shopping and going on their way.

Juan wrote: "Winter in the Netherlands: our bus just got stuck so we needed to push it over the hill." At the end of the video, he credits teamwork with the success.

The UK had a snowy surprise on the same day, with swathes of the country covered in the white stuff to varying extents.

Jason Blackraven posted footage on Instagram of Londoners teaming up to push one of the city's iconic red double-decker buses up a slight incline in the snow.

He wrote: "Gimme a push," adding in the comments: "UK Snow is different from any snow in the world, it can bring the country to a standstill."

London saw a maximum temperature of 3C on 10 December, with a minimum of 0C, although it plummeted as low as -11C (11F) in North east England. Amsterdam reached highs of 2C.

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The Met Office issued weather warnings for ice across the UK for 11 December after the day of snow, of which some more was expected on Monday morning. A Met Office spokesperson said: "On Monday morning some snow may fall over parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. Some accumulations of 2-5 cm are possible above 100m but at lower levels no accumulations are expected, instead a mixture of rain and sleet is most likely.

"Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer and more difficult journeys. As well as this lying snow from Sunday will continue to be a hazard leading to longer and potentially hazardous journeys."

School was cancelled on Monday across Gloucestershire, Shropshire and parts of Wales due to snow, while many trains and flights, including from Heathrow Airport, have been cancelled or delayed.

Many Dutch schools also closed on Monday, with about 5cm to 10cm more snow expected to fall. All schools were expected to reopen on Tuesday (12 December).