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Avalanche warnings for Lake District fells

There are warnings of an avalanche risk on some parts of the Lake District fells.

Mountain rescue teams and the national park authority are warning hikers to take extreme care when going to higher altitudes.

It comes as around 100 skiers helped to clear five metres of snow from their ski-lift in Patterdale.

The drifts were deep enough to bury one of their ski huts, as Matthew Taylor reports.

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Snow warnings for our region

Snow warnings have been issued for our region.

The Met Office says a band of rain, sleet and snow is expected across Scotland and the north of England tomorrow morning.

Most people however, should not be affected, as the majority of the snow is expected to fall about 200m above sea level.

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Deadline day for snow-hit farmers aid

Farmers who were hit by the severe snow storms during spring only have until the end of the day to apply for government aid.

South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume is urging farmers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders to apply for their share of the £6 million aid package.

Thousands of sheep were left buried under massive snow drifts during the snow storms.

"Farmers across the Borders and the south west were hit hard by the very severe weather at a time when their livestock were especially vulnerable.

"This aid package will be a lifeline for many businesses and it's critical that those most in need apply before the Friday deadline."

– Jim Hume MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrats, South of Scotland

Full report: Farmers count cost of lost stock due to winter weather

Farmers are still digging sheep out of snow drifts nearly two weeks after they were buried.

Farmers across the region are still not sure how many of their animals have died but it is likely to be many thousands and the NFU in Cumbria is now asking for the Government to help.

However there are some tales of surviving sheep, including one which has made a full recovery after being buried for 11 days near Newton Stewart.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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