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Snowbound in UK After Powerful Wintry Storm

March 25, 2013; 8:54 AM ET

A severe storm that dumped more than 1 foot (30 cm) of snow on parts of the U.K. has left many homes without power and many roads blocked by snowdrifts.

The storm swept over the U.K. and Ireland with heavy snow, flooding rain and high winds Friday and Saturday, with snow lingering into Sunday.

The storm came as the U.K. faced the possibility of having its coldest March since 1962.

One man was found dead Saturday in Brierfield, Lancashire.

In south-west England, a woman died Friday after heavy rain apparently triggered a landslide into her house.

Thousands of homes spread widely over Scotland, Northern Ireland and north England were still without power as of Monday, the BBC News website said.

Many roads were still snow-clogged, heavily drifted and impassible.

Many images posted online showed the deep drifts with vehicles mired, even buried, within them.

"The shear weight of snow has destroyed power line," the BBC wrote, referencing the situation in south-west Scotland. A resident of the island of Arran said that drifts were up to 10 feet.

One family was airlifted from a snowbound north Wales farmstead, the U.K. Daily Mail website said on Monday.

Cutoff from electrical power, the Massam family had burned furniture to keep warm then called for help after four days for sake of their 16-month-old son, the Daily Mail said.

"You can walk over the washing line, there's that much snow," Ben Massam was quoted as telling BBC Radio Wales. "The cars are all buried and I mean literally buried."

Forecasts as of Monday were for cold weather to hang through the end of March. If true, the month could yield an average UK temperature below that of March 1987, which has stood as the second coldest March in the UK's modern weather record. Comprehensive climate record keeping began in the UK in 1910.


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