Icy blasts cause more travel mayhem

  • Icy blasts cause more travel mayhem
    20.01.2009 09:42

    A fresh burst of snow and icy winds left commuters facing another day of dangerous travelling today.

    Sleet and snow buffeted north-west England and western Scotland overnight, with rain affecting areas further south in England and Wales.

    Temperatures fell to around minus 3C (26.6F) in Scotland, hovering around freezing elsewhere across the UK.

    Yesterday drivers faced dangerous conditions and flights were delayed at one of Scotland's major airports as a blanket of snow covered roads and closed the runway.

    Experts are predicting a slight respite today from the stronger winds seen at the start of this week, but with more chilly weather to come in the coming days.

    Claire Austin, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "We are not expecting any gales but it will still be quite breezy across most of the UK.

    "There will be rain, sleet and snow mainly in the west, with isolated showers for the rest of the UK. It will feel chilly in the wind."

    Yesterday's heavy snow and freezing temperatures closed the runway at Edinburgh Airport for more than an hour and a half, causing knock-on delays for passengers.

    Three flights, all domestic services, were diverted to Glasgow Airport. Operator BAA advised passengers to check with their airlines before travelling.

    Earlier, Dumfries and Galloway Police said heavy snow caused tailbacks on the A74(M) motorway, which links Scotland and England. And drivers faced difficult driving conditions around Lanark as snow covered major routes.

    Over the weekend, downpours and severe gusts which reached more than 100mph in parts of the UK toppled trees and cut off power lines.

    The wild weather was due to a powerful jetstream coming in from the Atlantic which caused low pressure to develop, forecasters said.

    By: Press Association