Livestock farmers in the north of England and Scotland have voiced their dismay at having to lamb through inches of snowfall.
Many parts of the UK woke up this morning (April 3) to snow, rain, hail and thunder, with the Met Office suggesting sleet and snow would continue through the afternoon in the north and west of the UK.
The weather service said the highest snow depths recorded today were 12cm in Warcop Range and 7cm in Spadeadam, both in Cumbria, and 5cm in Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands.
Lancashire County Council said it would be gritting all priority routes in central and south Lancashire this evening after a ‘snowstorm’ caused a 24-vehicle pile-up on the M55 at about 10.00pm last night.
No official weather warnings are in place.
Sharing a video on twitter, Cumbria contract shepherdess Hannah Jackson said: “This is not just a covering of snow, this is inches deep. It is like being in a winter wonderland in April.
“Now I have to try and find my lamb that was born yesterday, give it a jacket, and then I am going to rush to work and see what has happened there with the other 1,300 sheep that are about to lamb.”
Found herself a spot without snow, in the shelter of a wall to lamb. Twins tucked up in the rushes out of the wind. pic.twitter.com/lNZHJhaipW— WestmorlandShepherdess (@ruslandvalley)
Today be like— Lynbreck Croft (@lynbreckcroft)
1. 20inches ish of snow overnight
2. Find and feed #flerd
3. Dig out and feed pigs
4. Electric fences down
5. No electricity, no water
Nothing like a challenge..... #thisfarminglife pic.twitter.com/K7IF9w9JEk