Flights cancelled and ice warnings as snow falls across UK

Hundreds of passengers face delays after flights were cancelled at Manchester Airport following snowfall.

Belfast and Stornoway airports also faced delays and cancellations as snow fell across the UK.

The wintry weather brings a high risk of ice, and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice for swathes of the UK including most of England and Wales, and large parts of Northern Ireland.

Scotland has warnings in place along the west coastlines, but the east is largely clear.

Snow in Bracknell, Berkshire settles in gardens
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Snow in Bracknell, Berkshire, settles in gardens

According to the Manchester Evening News, at least six flights were cancelled in and out of Manchester, as early as 10.50am. There were also some delays as crew were needed to de-ice aircraft.

An airport spokesman told the newspaper: “We’re continuing to monitor the adverse weather here at the airport.

“Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights with their airline.

“Passengers should allow additional time to get to the airport due to potential road and rail issues caused by the snow.”

Snow has fallen in Glasgow, across parts of Scotland and in Cumbria, Teesdale, as well as in London and further south.

Ice warnings mean drivers should be cautious on the roads and pedestrians should mind their steps for any icy sections on pavements.

Police Scotland received 125 reports of road incidents by mid-morning.

Grouse on a wall in Nenthead in Cumbria after a dusting of snow
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Grouse on a wall in Nenthead in Cumbria after a dusting of snow

Sky weather producer Joanna Robinson said: “It’s been cold enough today for most of the showers to fall as hail, sleet or snow, even in London.

“Ice will be the main concern on Tuesday evening and night, with a yellow ‘be aware’ warning in place for much of the UK.

“Expect tricky conditions on the road, especially where there’s snow falling.

A farmhouse in Teesdale surrounded by snow
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A farmhouse in Teesdale surrounded by snow

“The wintry showers will become increasingly confined to the north and west overnight, but they may be slow to clear the far southeast of England.

“There’ll be a further covering of snow in places, with a 20% risk of 5 to 10cm of snow across Kent by Wednesday morning.

“Temperatures will widely fall below freezing, perhaps as low as -8C (17F) in some rural spots across northern Scotland.

Tourists got a magical surprise as snow fell outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris
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Tourists got a magical surprise as snow fell outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Highways England warned it was snowing “quite heavily” on the M62 trans-Pennine route, but there were efforts to keep the roads open.

A fleet of 32 gritters was out in south west Scotland where Transerv called conditions “baltic”.

Drivers on the M1 in Northampton were reminded to “drive to the conditions” as Highways England noted heavy traffic after snowfall.

The Tuileries garden as snow falls over Paris
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The Tuileries Garden as snow falls over Paris

Flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh were delayed at Stornoway Airport and three schools were shut in the Highlands.

The temperature in Aberdeenshire was expected to plummet to -5C (23F).

Belfast Airport tweeted: “Please be aware our runway is closed due to heavy snow fall – there may be some delays to flights, our snow team are currently clearing the runway.”

A tourist takes advantage of the snow to take a picture of his mini Eiffel Tower
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A tourist takes advantage of the snow to take a picture of his mini Eiffel Tower

In Northern Ireland, a lorry got stuck on Mountain Road between Coleraine and Limavady because of the snow, forcing a road closure.

Europe faced snowfall today too with the Eiffel Tower in Paris being closed due to the adverse weather conditions.

Snowboarders made the most of 5cm (2in) of the white stuff on steep slopes outside the city’s Sacre Coeur and the Tuileries Garden also got a dusting.

The first snow of the year in Glasgow
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The first snow of the year in Glasgow

Meteo France, the country’s weather agency, said a large part of France is on alert for dangerous levels of snow and urged people to limit their movement.

Parts of Germany and Belgium have also continued to experience snowfall.

Snowy and foggy conditions on Saddleworth Moor
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Snowy and foggy conditions on Saddleworth Moor

But there is hope for Britain for the rest of the week, as Robinson added: “Wednesday looks mostly sunny and dry, but northern, eastern and western coastal areas will see wintry showers.

“Wales, South West England, East Anglia, Kent and northern and western Scotland look most at risk.

“More prolonged rain will move across Ireland later.

A man rides snowboard on the Butte Montmartre in Paris
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A man rides snowboard on the Butte Montmartre in Paris

“Thursday looks wet in the milder west, with snow possible on the hills, but the cold east will be mainly fine.

“Friday will be milder overall, with some rain around, but it will turn cold and showery again over the weekend.”

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “The showers will continue to make their way further eastwards.

Hikers tackle the snow covered Fichtelberg mountain ski resort
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Hikers tackle the snow covered Fichtelberg mountain ski resort

“An ice warning covers Northern Ireland, western Scotland and much of England and Wales.

“The showers will on the whole fade away over night, just persisting down those western coasts, and it will be another cold night.

Friends throw snowballs outside the EU in Brussels
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Friends throw snowballs in Brussels

“Towns and cities will be around or just below freezing. But outside the cities temperatures a good few degrees below that.

“In Scotland you may see a few spots drop as low at -9C or -10C.”

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