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Publishedduration9 minutes agoimage copyrightPete Ivinimage captionA snowy Christmas morning walk in the North York MoorsParts of the UK have woken up to snowy scenes, with a “white Christmas” officially declared by the Met Office. Snowfall was spotted from Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the East Riding of Yorkshire and Northumberland.Most of the country will have clear…

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image captionA snowy Christmas morning walk in the North York Moors

Parts of the UK have woken up to snowy scenes, with a “white Christmas” officially declared by the Met Office.

Snowfall was spotted from Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the East Riding of Yorkshire and Northumberland.

Most of the country will have clear and dry weather for Christmas Day but eastern parts of England have seen a light scattering of snow.

It came after people had to be rescued from their cars and homes amid flooding in some areas on Christmas Eve.

“We’ve just had official confirmation that this Christmas is a white one!” the Met Office tweeted. just before 06:00 GMT.

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image captionA family took the sledge for a spin near Hexham in Northumberland

Many woke up to a frost covering their cars, streets and gardens on Christmas morning.

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image captionAn early morning dusting of snow spotted in County Durham

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image captionIt doesn’t have to be deep and crisp and even to count as a white Christmas. Pictures from Richmond in North Yorkshire and Skidby in the East Riding of Yorkshire

In some places, a scattering of snow had settled overnight.

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image captionAndy Brunning took a selfie with the “sprinkling of snow” in Ely, Cambridgeshire

The Met Office said most areas would see a dry and cold day, but there was a chance of more snow showers across eastern parts of England.

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image captionSnow dusted cars in Hessle in East Yorkshire on Christmas morning

Rain has caused flooding elsewhere in the UK, including in Wales and in the Midlands.

Police in Northamptonshire said the emergency services evacuated more than 1,000 people from the Billing Aquadrome holiday park on Thursday night and water had reached up to 5ft deep in some places.

A couple were rescued from a submerged car on Christmas Eve near Norwich in what onlookers called a “Christmas miracle”, while heavy rainfall in Cambridgeshire left some roads impassable.

On Boxing Day, Storm Bella is forecast to bring further downpours and winds of up to 70mph in some coastal locations.

A yellow warning for wind also applies for the whole of England and Wales from 15:00 GMT on Boxing Day.

There will also be a yellow warning for rain in place for Wales, parts of the south-west and north-west of England, and north-western Scotland.

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