Heavy snow once again reined havoc in parts of Britain, last Friday. Many flights had been delayed and motorists were forced to navigate dangerous, snow laden roads. Spring seems to be delayed as March continues with its winter-terror.
One of the key areas affected by this weather condition was the Leeds Bradford Airport, West Yorkshire. The runways had to be cleared using snow ploughs. However, even that did not stop the airport from shutting down after severe overnight snow showers hit the North England region.
The Meteorological Office had warned Wales, Northern Ireland, Northern England, Western England and Scotland that a cold frontal system was progressing towards the Atlantic.
According to other forecasts, the Pennines and the Peak District were expected to receive 3.9 inches of snowfall on Friday as day temperatures in Northern England refused to move beyond 4 degree Celsius, especially at Manchester and Leeds.
Northern England’s high grounds had received over an inch of snowfall on early Friday morning.
The badly affected Leeds Bradford Airport had to remain shut till 9 AM, while teams were seen clearing up the runway. According to a spokesperson from the airport, snowfall had already begun at about 1 AM, which created a fairly thick layer of snow, measuring 5 cm, on the airport grounds. This led to several flight delays, which were eventually cleared by mid-morning, the next day.
According to a Tweet posted by a passenger named Shannon Sutton from the airport, certain flights were delayed by 2 hours, while some were allowed to fly.
Other Areas Affected by the Weather
Heavy snowfall was also observed in other areas including Shap in Cumbria and Leek in Staffordshire. Many A roads were also shut in the High Pennines of Yorkshire.
Schools also remained closed due to the hard weather. This included around 20 schools in East Lancashire, 8 schools in Leeds, and 28 schools in West Yorkshire.
In Oldham, Greater Manchester, over 50 schools were closed due to the weather and dangerous road conditions. The same was observed in East Lancashire, which was also a heavily hit area. The worst affected areas included Rossendale, Pendle, Burnley, and Hyndburn.
The Meteorological Office issued yellow warnings stating that snow and ice cover would prove to be a problem for motorists. As forecast, driving conditions were severely affected, which resulted in travel disruptions for most people.
The Met Office yellow warnings cover snow and ice and warn of difficult driving conditions and the likelihood of travel disruption as a result.
Fortunately, South and South Eastern regions managed to avoid the harsh weather. However, they did end up having to face a wet and soggy weekend on Saturday. The frontal system progressed eastwards on Saturday morning, which resulted in rainfall and lead to the forecast of soggy weather.
The temperature at London on Friday was 10 degree Celsius and6 degree Celsius in Scotland. Weather forecasts indicate that the north-easterly winds will cause temperatures to remain low till the end of this week.
According to the Meteorological Office, this winter was the third warmest in the UK after almost 100 years. The warmest winter recorded in UK prior to this one was in 1910.