SCHOOLS across Denbighshire were closed and motorists faced a commute through snow and ice as the 'Beast From The East' moved in – with a forecast of worse to come later this week.

A total of 38 schools were listed as closed on the local authority's website this morning as spring was placed on hold.

Residents enjoyed sharing their photos on Twitter with the hashtag Snowmageddon. Motorists have been tackling hazardous driving conditions and as a precaution, the Gwaenysgor Hill route out of Prestatyn has been closed off.

Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice – in force from the early hours of Friday until noon on Saturday.

But despite the freezing conditions, which have blown in from Russia, many people grabbed the relatively rare opportunity to have fun in the snow.

Rhyl beach was blanketed in white, while Prestatyn Retail Park resembled a Christmas card.

Journal readers, meanwhile, have been sharing their photos of the snowy conditions on Facebook.

Jasmine Maclean lay in the thick snow in Abergele; Kara Louise's baby boy experienced his first time in the snow in Kinmel Bay; and photos of dogs and cats making the most of the wintry weather were shared in abundance.

Olaf the Snowman was built by Gracie, Isaac and dad Tom in Towyn.