Half term snow travel disruption
February 9th, 2012 by elisa

Snow at airport picture by Flickr user susansimon


This half term could be a snowy one, as forecasters expect snow in the east and north east of England tonight, and in western parts of England, touching on Wales tomorrow. The cause is a -15c blast from Siberia which is to last at least until this weekend. The resulting weather could cause travel disruptions, especially to flights.

Heathrow won’t want a repeat of last week’s cancellations made in anticipation of bad weather. Around 90,000 passengers are expected to fly from the airport this weekend, one of the busiest so far due to the school holidays. An airport spokeswoman said: “We are watching the weather very closely.”

Tim Hewson, chief forecaster at the Met Office said: “Whilst there is uncertainty regarding where the heaviest and most persistent snow will fall, accumulations of up to about 10cm are possible in the worst affected regions. As a result there could be some disruption to travel.”

Passengers due to travel tomorrow and this weekend are advised to check the status of their flights with the airlines before setting off.

The Highways Agency has 500 gritters on standby to cope with any snow on the roads.

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