Gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain and left thousands of homes across the north-east of England without power are set to continue.

Some transport routes also remain closed after Tuesday's wintry blast of weather brought Britain's early summer to an abrupt end.

The Met Office has issued severe yellow weather warnings for show and ice in parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands. Gale force winds, which reached up nearly 70mph on Tuesday night, also show little sign of relenting in northern areas of England and Wales, according to forecasters.

Forecasters said between 15-20cm of snow fell in high parts of the Peak District, Pennines and Cumbria overnight, while trees were felled on higher ground as the Arctic front which battered Scotland on Tuesday began to move south.

Aisling Creevy, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said a slow-moving band of rain, sleet and snow would continue to cause problems on higher ground as it moves south.

Around 40,000 people in Yorkshire and the North East were experiencing power cuts, according to electricity provider Northern Powergrid and further south, Western Power Distribution said 9,000 homes were without power in north Derbyshire, between Buxton and Chesterfield.

Cumbria police said the A66 transpennine route remains closed in both directions due to severe weather conditions and advised drivers to use alternative routes. The A537 in Cheshire was also badly affected by snow.

Snow also brought traffic problems across North and West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire Police said there had been a number of minor traffic-related incidents on the M1 and M62 with cars slipping in the wintry conditions.

In North Yorkshire, 3ft snow drifts were causing problems for motorists in parts of the county, mainly on routes across the North York Moors. Police said a driver was stuck on the A169 near Pickering and a snow plough was sent to help but came off the road and struck a power line.

A number of drivers were taken to Barnard Castle police station after getting stuck on the A66, Durham Police said. The force said the A68 was impassable north of Tow Law after wind and heavy snow caused 4ft drifts to build up. Driving conditions around Consett, County Durham, were also reported to be hazardous.