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Frozen February Fal

From 3 February 2012

Cornish cold snap freezes the upper reaches of the Fal.

Days of sub-zero temperatures in Cornwall have frozen the upper reaches of the Fal River - an incredibly rare event.

Cornwall has been in the grips of a cold snap and even the Fal River hasn't escaped it.

Plummeting temperatures mixed with slack tides and extremely dry conditions saw the upper reaches of the Fal frozen solid on the morning of February 3.

Fal River Cornwall's Toby Budd says he hasn't seen the river freeze like this in years.

'This is definitely a rare event,' he said. 'Usually the river is so tidal that the water is never still long enough for it to freeze but the slack tides, still conditions and cold temperatures have all combined to freeze the top of the Fal.

'You don't see things like this everyday I grabbed the camera and headed out in one of our boats to take a record of it.'

A weather front is expected to hit Cornwall this weekend bringing with it low pressure and cloud cover which should see the Arctic temperatures rise.

Visit the Fal River Facebook page to see all of Toby's images of the frozen Fal and click below to watch a short video of the boat trip.