Snow and ice cause travel disruption

Snow causes disruption across UK

Related Stories

Motorists have been urged to take extra care in treacherous conditions as snow across much of the UK turns to ice.

The Met Office has issued nine warnings for ice after disruption to road, rail and air travel following up to 16cm (6in) of snow in some areas.

Half of the 1,300 scheduled flights at Heathrow were cancelled and some trains and Tube services also disrupted.

Almost 400 transatlantic passengers are stranded overnight in Ireland after six London-bound flights were diverted.

Earlier, hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the M25 and M40, with some drivers forced to spend the night in their cars.

Snow swept down to London and East Anglia on Saturday evening after covering parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands earlier in the day.

Latest local information from the BBC

Church Fenton, in North Yorkshire, reported 16cm (6in), which contributed to more than 60 accidents on the region's roads.

BBC forecaster Holly Green said ice was likely to be a hazard, particularly across much of England and south-eastern parts of Wales, as rain hits frozen surfaces and lying snow freezes overnight.

She said there was a risk of further small accumulations of snow in eastern parts of England on Monday morning, with patchy rain elsewhere.

The Met Office advised people to "be aware" of the dangers of the icy conditions.

In other developments:

Train on snowy tracks Delays and cancellations were reported by many train companies

Two British Airways flights from Atlanta, carrying 122 passengers, and Dallas, with 259 onboard, which were due at Heathrow, remain grounded at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Flights and rail services were disrupted

They were among six flights forced to land at the airport in County Clare because of the cold conditions. They are expected to depart for London on Monday morning.

Heathrow operator BAA said it had decided to reduce the flight schedule at Heathrow on Saturday to "minimise disruption" and said airlines had been able to re-book some passengers as a result.

Richard Scott, from BAA, said because Heathrow operated at capacity, there was no slack in the system to deal with the reduced number of flights that could take off and land in bad weather.

He added: "If we don't proactively cancel flights, the delays build and build and build and it's much worse for passengers."

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said she supported the "resilience plan" between the airport and air traffic control.

"It was a co-ordinated effort and a decision they took to cancel flights in advance so we didn't have passengers turning up at the airport and then finding their flight was cancelled," she said.

"So I think that was actually the right approach to take."

Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander said it seemed a sensible precaution.

A frozen waterfall in Yorkshire Temperatures have been so low that waterfalls in Yorkshire have frozen

At Stansted Airport in Essex, flights were operating but queues in the terminals were busier than normal as schedules were disrupted.

A dozen Ryanair flights were cancelled, some planes were delayed whilst de-icing took place, and there was a knock-on effect from 11 inbound flights being diverted away on Saturday night during snow clearing.

At Gatwick, flight arrivals and departures were operating, although passengers were warned they may face some disruption.

Walkers in a London park The winter landscape enticed many walkers outside on Sunday

At Luton Airport, 10cm of snow fell overnight and its runway was closed for a period, causing three departing flights to be cancelled.

Passengers were warned that flight departures and arrivals may be subject to delay or cancellation.

British Airways said it would allow passengers scheduled to fly on Sunday to re-book for journeys between Monday and Thursday.

Birmingham Airport reopened after closing whilst snow was cleared from the runway, and Leeds Bradford Airport has warned of delays or cancellations.

On the roads, Thames Valley Police said as many as 100 vehicles were stationary on the M40 between Junction 4 High Wycombe and Junction 9 Bicester for several hours and snow ploughs were brought in to help clear the roads.

Motorist Katie Jones told BBC News she had spent hours sitting in her car on the M25 in Hertfordshire.

"We were stationary for about seven and a half hours. We passed cars abandoned in the side of the road, having crashed off. We passed lorries jack knifed across two, three lanes of the motorway and it's been impassable in large part."

Transport for London said several Tube lines were hit by suspensions or delays. earlier on Sunday.

UK weather maps: click on Key and tabs for extra detail

The enhanced content on this page requires Javascript and Flash Player 9

UK forecast for 17/09/2014

Map Key

  • land colour Land
  • cloud colour Cloud
  • Lakes, Rivers & Sea colour Lakes, Rivers & Sea

Fog

Fog Colour Range
Light
Heavy

Frost

Frost Colour Range
Light
Heavy

Pressure Fronts

Cold Front Illustration
Cold
Warm Front Illustration
Warm
Occluded Front Illustration
Occluded

Rain

Rain Colour Range
Light
Heavy
Extreme

Snow

Snow Colour Range
Light
Heavy

Temperature tab only

Temperature (°C)

Temperature range chart

Have you been affected by the cold weather conditions? You can send us your comments and experiences using the form below.

Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.

Read the terms and conditions

If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures, video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More UK stories

RSS

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.