Weather warning to Gatwick Airport passengers

Gatwick Airport passengers stranded by the snow in January
Image caption Hundreds of flights at Gatwick Airport were cancelled in January because of heavy snowfall

Passengers have being urged to contact airlines before they travel to Gatwick Airport after forecasters predicted snowfall across the South East.

The airport said it had spent £300,000 on anti-icing and snow-clearing vehicles but warned people to check their flights were still going ahead.

The Met Office expects up to 2in (5cm) of snow to fall in the South East in the next 24 hours.

It also warned that drifting snow could disrupt to road and rail networks.

In January hundreds of flights at Gatwick Airport were cancelled after heavy snowfall and plunging temperatures shut the runway.

'Allow extra time'

A spokeswoman for the airport said: "Weather forecasters are predicating snow in the South East over the next 24 hours.

"In the event of snow, Gatwick Airport strongly advises passengers to contact their airline for the latest flight information before making their way to the airport and to allow extra travel time to the airport."

Kent Police have also urged drivers to take extra care over the next few days.

Ch Insp Andy Reeves said: "Motorists should be prepared and allow extra time for their journeys. Ensure you have warm clothing and food and drink supplies with you.

"If the weather is severe, then only travel if your journey is absolutely necessary."

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