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UK: Arctic Air Sweeps Across Country Bringing Snow And Ice

Heavy overnight snowfall has caused significant travel disruption across the UK today as the wintry weather looks set to continue through Thursday and Friday.

Flights from several airports have been hit by delays, including at Bristol Airport which has temporarily closed for “snow clearing operations” until the next update at 11am.

At least 27 flights due to depart from the airport on Wednesday morning have been affected, while several arrivals have been diverted to Birmingham.

Meanwhile, Gatwick Airport said some passengers experienced “minor delays” on Wednesday morning but “the airport is open and flights are operating”.

It comes as the Met Office said there was a “slight chance” some rural communities could be “cut off”, with the likelihood of power cuts and disruption of services in many places.

Snowfall and rain could continue until the weekend and possibly longer with chances of “long delays and cancellations” on bus, rail and air travel services on Thursday and Friday, the weather service said.

Schools across the UK will remain closed on Wednesday due to heavy snowfall, with parents advised to check the local authority’s websites for the latest information.

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Kinbrace temperatures further plummet

The coldest overnight temperature of the year has dropped a further 0.2 degrees to minus 15.4C, according to the Met Office.

A reading of minus 15.2C was recorded at Kinbrace in the Highlands on Tuesday night, and the temperature in the area has since decreased further, the national forecaster said.

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 10:31

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Train travellers warned to expect disruption due to wintry weather

Snow and ice is expected to affect train journeys in many parts of Britain until Friday 10 March, National Rail has announced.

Passengers have been advised to check that their complete journey is possible before travel.

At present, Southeastern services are most affected by the adverse weather, with services disrupted on the Hastings, Sole Street, Bromley North, Bromley South, and Hayes lines.

Joanna Whitehead reports:

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 10:06

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Bristol airport cancels flights amid Arctic blast

A statement on its Twitter account reads: “The Bristol Airport teams are working hard on snow clearing operations, but as the snow continues to fall, flight operations have been suspended until 1100.

“Passengers are advised to contact their airline for specific flight information prior to travelling to the airport and please take extra care.”

Joanna Whitehead has more:

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 09:45

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This morning’s snowfall has been well documented across social media, with footage of snow-capped rooftops and wintry panoramas dominating our feeds.

Here are some of the top posts so far:

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 09:30

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Police urge motorists to avoid driving due to ‘very dangerous’ conditions

Wilshire Police has urged motors to avoid all but essential journeys after heavy snowfall overnight created “very dangerous” driving conditions.

Posting at 3.30am this morning, police said:

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 09:10

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Coldest night of year so far as temperatures drop to -15.2C

The UK has braved its coldest night of the year so far, with temperatures dropping below -15C in the Scottish Highlands as snow blanketed parts of London.

Thermometers at Kinbrace in the Highlands gave readings of -15.2C overnight on Tuesday, the Met Office said – the lowest the mercury has dropped all year.

A blast of Arctic air means that sleet and snow is expected across southern England and south Wales on Wednesday, while scattered snow and hail showers will impact Scotland’s northern coasts as the cold snap intensifies.

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 09:05

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Watch: Snow piles across Hampshire as arctic blast hits UK

Snow piles across Hampshire as arctic blast hits UK

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 09:00

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In pictures: Swimmers brave freezing conditions King Edward’s Bay, near Tynemouth

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Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 08:50

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Mapped: Where will snow fall in the UK today

More sleet and snow are expected across southern England and south Wales on Wednesday while scattered snow and hail showers will impact Scotland’s northern coasts as the Arctic blast intensifies.

The Met Office‘s early morning radar showed an area of rain moving in from the south and west which was starting to turn increasingly to sleet and snow as it pushed north and east.

The conditions, which have been attributed to an Arctic blast, are expected to bring more snow and ice throughout the UK, the Met Office said.

Thomas Kingsley takes a look at the latest maps:

Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 08:40

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Best in Snow: Heavy snowfall blankets Britain

Snow covered fields surround Alnwick Castle in Northumberland

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Snow settles on Glastonbury Tor

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A woman pulls a child on a sledge through the snow beside the beach huts at Blyth, Northumberland

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Goathland train station in North Yorkshire blanketed in snow

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Emily Atkinson8 March 2023 08:20

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