Drifting snow is preventing rescue teams getting to the more remote parts of the country, farmers in Northern Ireland say they expect 'catastrophic' losses of livestock.
Hill farmer Sean Scullion has 40 sheep unaccounted for, speaking to Daybreak he said: "This is a disaster area, this has been a disaster zone for the past three days".
The wintry conditions are now expected to last well into April with this month on track to become the coldest March since 1962.
A group of students from Wolverhampton who were stranded in extreme snow in Scotland for more than three days tell their story of survival.
Cold weather can pose a real health risk to older and disabled people, but everyone can gain from preparing their homes for the cold.