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Airports close as Arctic weather returns

As promised by the weathermen, Arctic conditions returned with a vengeance across the UK today, with no improvement in sight and flights the first to suffer.

As the freezing front moved down and across the UK bringing heavy snow in its wake, airports were closed and flights were cancelled countrywide. London Gatwick closed as heavy snow fell, following on cancellations at Heathrow and shortly after this morning’s problems at Exeter, London City, Cardiff and Aberdeen airports. Belfast City airport was closed last night.

A spokesperson at Heathrow stated although the airport was still open, all British Airways flights were cancelled and the facility was facing a ‘challenging day’ as more snow is expected and plans are being made for the worst scenario.

At Gatwick, 47 snowploughs and tractors were attempting to clear the steadily falling snow from the runways without success. Regulations state an airport must suspend flights if there is more than three centimetres of snow on the ground. By mid-morning, 138 of Gatwick’s Saturday flights had been cancelled, with snow still falling faster than it could be cleared.

Major chaos hit roads and motorways, especially in the North West and across the Pennines, with the M6 wilting under 26cm snowfalls and motorists facing yet more time stranded in the cold. Parts of the south have again been hard hit, with heavy snowfalls forecast for the South East and Midlands.

Temperatures dropped to -13˚C in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, with Gatwick recording -11˚C, with little chance of above freezing temperatures in the next 24 hours anywhere in the UK.  Motorists are urged to only drive if it’s a real emergency, and those planning air travel in the next few days should check with their airlines before leaving home.



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