Pets were out in force playing in the snow on Sunday (Picture: PA/Avalon/Reuters)
A host of adorable pictures of dogs enjoying the British winter emerged on Sunday, as the country shivered in the snow.
With much of the UK being blanketed in white throughout the day, pets were out in force having fun in freezing conditions.
Images show one labradoodle catching a snowball and a young border terrier delighted to be dashing through the snow. The nation’s favourite pets weren’t all having fun, though, with photographers capturing a husky sulking inside a snow-covered van, one puzzled pooch looking on at a snowman and another dog looking deeply uncomfortable as his owner attempts to keep him on board while sliding down a hill.
The fun-filled snaps come amid a host of warnings about treacherous conditions to come next week and as London Zoo’s inhabitants got a taste of winter.
But the weather came as a relief to some animals and their owners, who have been largely cooped up at home amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Photographers captured the wintry scenes as much of the country was hit by significant snowfall, including London, while the Midlands were expected to see a record six inches by the end of Sunday.
The hashtag ‘Narnia’ was trending on social media earlier as dogs revelled in the freezing conditions.
A man struggles to contain his dog’s excitement in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes (Picture: Reuters)
A fluffball in pink plays in Buxton Park, Derbyshire (Picture: PA)
A husky looks out the windscreen from a camper van in Camberley (Picture: PA)
One pooch sits in the in snow on Hampstead Heath (Picture: Hollie Adams)
A dog looks on at a snowman in London (Picture: Hollie Adams)
But Britons have been warned to expect widespread sub-zero temperatures and icy, treacherous conditions caused by Sunday’s snowfall, which is expected to remain on the ground well into next week.
The Met Office said the mercury could dip between -4C and -6C going into Monday, with parts of the Midlands told to brace for -10C.
An amber weather warning for snow is in place covering an area from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, meaning travel disruption and power cuts are likely.
There is also a risk that some rural communities could be cut off.
Meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘The band of snow that came through overnight stalled over the Midlands and will then track its way back over south-east England.’
A somewhat-soggy-looking pet pads through the flakes in Finsbury Par (Picture: REX)
A cheery greyhound wearing a coat walks through south London (Picture: EPA)
A woman rolls a snow ball with her dog in Stoke Newington, London (Picture: PA)
Alison Lawrence throws a snowball for her dog Bluebell to catch on a snow-covered common in Hartley Wintney, west of London (Picture: Getty Images)
A man with a skateboard and an unimpressed dog slides down Primrose Hill, London (Picture: Avalon)
‘Our main focus is that it is going to be a really cold night, particularly across central and southern parts of the UK – so the whole of Northern Ireland, all of Wales, most of the southern half of England from the Midlands and southwards.’
Even in areas with lighter snowfall, a widespread frost is forecast, and conditions are expected to be hazardous including spots of ice on the roads.
In Wales, four vaccination centres were forced to close because conditions were so treacherous.
There are five yellow weather warnings in place for snow and ice covering the southern part of England, eastern Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Poppy the labradoodle expertly catches a snowball in a Cardiff park (Picture: Alamy Live News)
A ball of fluff makes its way through the white stuff (Picture: SWNS)
Izzy, a Springer Spaniel, out in the early morning snow in the Shropshire Countryside (Picture: Alamy Live News)
Winston, an eight-month-old Border Terrier, enjoys the snow for the first time near Windsor, Berkshire (Picture: PA)
Arthur, a West Highland Terrier, goes exploring in Kew, southwest London (Picture: PA)
Icy patches on untreated roads and pavements are likely, with journeys by road and rail likely to be affected.
But the Met Office said by next week temperatures are due to jump back up.
Mr Partridge said by Wednesday the south of England would likely see between 10C and 12C.
‘It’s a bit of a rollercoaster from cold and wintry conditions to wet and windy ones,’ he said.
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