UK Weather: Snow Forces Manchester Airport To Close Runway

Snow flurries overnight caused travel chaos on Wednesday morning as millions woke up to a thick blanket of the white stuff.

Manchester Airport was forced to close its runway until at least 9.30am GMT with passengers advised to check the status of flights with their airline.

“The runway is currently closed whilst snow clearing takes place,” the airport wrote to passengers on Twitter.

Stephen Jones

Heavy snow covered planes at Manchester Airport on Wednesday as passengers reported delays.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport also said it had been forced to close its runway temporarily. The airport said it remained open.

“Due to snow, the runway is temporarily closed- the airport is open,” it said.

Adverse weather caused tailbacks on major roads and motorways as authorities battled to clear up to 10cm of snow.

“Take extra care driving in the North West this morning as there are some challenging weather conditions,” Highways England said on Twitter.

“Our winter vehicles are out treating road surfaces so please give them plenty of room.”

Two A-roads in Derbyshire were closed due to heavy snowfall, with police warning local motorists not to ignore signage at the scene.

Officers also warned of multiple collisions involving cars on motorways and pleaded with drivers to take care and reduce speed.

“Please slow down and take care if out on the roads today,” Greater Manchester Police said.

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