Heavy Snow Fall in Europe

A man walks his dogs in the snow at Bowburn, county Durham, as snow and ice grip parts of the UK.

In France, 12 regions in the frozen east and centre banned the use of lorries, forcing more than 7000 of them to park overnight.

Thick snow across Germany blocked roads, and caused Airports to cancel flights and schools to shut. Bild newspaper said, it was the coldest 1 December in centuries, with -18 C reported. Here, a worker clears a car park in Spitzingsee, Bavaria.

These children in the French city Lyon took advantage of the weather for a snowball fight.

At least eight homeless people were reported dead in Poland, where temperatures fell to a record -26 C in Bialystok.

Northern Italy saw heavy snow. Here a woman clears the area before her house in Appiano Gentile, near Milan.

People stand in the snow on Calton Hill in Edinburgh as freezing temperatures continue.

With wintry weather causing some travel disruption, a few drivers brave the snowy conditions on the A1 near Durham.

The bad weather did not stop dog walkers from strolling along the beach in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, as snow lay on the sand.

A terraced street in Gateshead looking across the Team Valley as a thick blanket of snow covered the North-East of England.