Sunday, 5 December 2021

Flights cancelled ahead of snowy conditions across UK

LONDON: Flights have been cancelled amid warnings of blizzard conditions set to sweep across the UK on Thursday. London’s Heathrow Airport said airlines had pre-emptively cancelled 100 departures and arrivals, with disruption expected from 15:00 GMT. The airport said without the cancellations it could not reschedule the flights delayed by the weather. The Met Office has issued yellow “be aware” weather warnings for snow for much of the UK up until Saturday. Airports including Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast International and Belfast City airports are operating as normal with no reported weather-related disruption. Frequent snow showers and strong winds are expected widely across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the north of England on Thursday. Meanwhile in the south, there is the possibility of sleet or snow for a short time. People living in southern England and Wales can expect a cold and wet day with some heavy rain on Thursday, with an increasing chance some will turn to sleet or snow in high areas later. A combination of high tides and strong winds are expected to result in a large tidal surge down the east coast of England, which the Environment Agency is monitoring. The conditions are likely to cause localised flooding due to waves overtopping the flood defences and wind-blown spray. Meteorologists are predicting rare “thundersnow” for parts of Wales, where snow falls instead of rain.

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