Snow causes festive gridlock
December 18th, 2010 by elisa

The country was covered in more snow last night, with up to 10 inches falling in parts of the north west. This new wave of snow is causing travel gridlock across many parts of the country and is seriously affecting flights. British Airways flights from Heathrow are cancelled until 5pm tonight, breaking Heathrow’s hopes of keeping the airport fully functioning throughout periods of bad winter weather. BA and inbound flights are also cancelled at Gatwick as icy runways make it impossible for planes to land or take off safely.

A Gatwick Airport spokesman said: “Weather disruption has lead to delays and cancellations across Europe, with airports including Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich and Copenhagen among those disrupted.

“All of this has impacted the operations of airlines at Gatwick. Our advice to passengers is to check with their airline before setting out for the airport.”

Southampton Airport will be closed until at least midday today (Saturday), flights are affected at Birmingham, Belfast, Exeter, London City, Aberdeen and Cardiff airports also.

Mark Seltzer, a forecaster for the Met Office, warned widespread snow would cause treacherous travel conditions: “A lot of snow has fallen across the North West of England overnight but it should ease off during the day,” he said.

“A lot of snow also fell in the South West overnight and it will progressively move into the South East and parts of the Midlands and East Anglia throughout the day.

“There could be local accumulations of 20-25cm. Temperatures will struggle to get over freezing and although the snow should ease off tonight, it will return to eastern areas on Sunday.”

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