UK weather: Travellers face delays amid snow and ice

BBC  News :

Travellers are facing delays and hundreds of schools have closed as snow and icy conditions hit much of the UK.

In Wales, a mountain rescue team has airlifted a climber with a broken leg off Snowdon after he was hit by an avalanche.

Manchester and Liverpool airports closed runways in the morning but they have now reopened.

Most of the Met Office weather warnings for Wednesday have lifted, but more are in place for Thursday and Friday.

In Devon and Cornwall, police said they dealt with more than 20 collisions and other road incidents in just one hour on Wednesday morning, most of which were in Devon.

Police in north Wales and Greater Manchester are warning drivers to take particular care in deteriorating conditions, as reports come in of motorway crashes.

Earlier, some Merseyrail services were cancelled due to ice on the track.

More than 200 schools are shut in north-west England.

In Wales, more than 50 schools in Flintshire, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd are closed for the day, while in Scotland, more than 40 schools are shut. Meanwhile, children at more than 20 schools in Northern Ireland were given a snow day.

What’s the forecast?

On Wednesday, wintry showers will continue in Scotland, and northern and western England, but they are expected to fade throughout the day, says BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood.

Overnight, frost and patchy freezing fog will be widespread leaving ice on the roads and on Thursday afternoon snow is expected in Wales and parts of southern England, she says.

On higher ground in Wales, up to 15cm (6in) could fall, while there is a chance that south-east England could see between 2cm (1in) and 5cm (2in) of snow, she adds.

What warnings are in place?

Most of the Met Office’s weather warnings for snow and ice on Wednesday have lifted, but more are in place for Thursday and Friday.

In much of England and Wales, there’s a yellow warning for snow and ice between 15:00 GMT on Thursday and midday on Friday.

The Met Office says there is a small chance of travel delays on roads, railways and at airports, and hazardous icy conditions on roads and pavements as temperatures drop below freezing.

There is also a slight chance that some rural communities could be cut off and a “small chance” that power cuts may occur and mobile phone coverage could be affected, the Met Office adds.

Police Scotland are warning motorists to properly clear their vehicles of snow and ice after stopping a snow-covered car in Caithness. The driver was given a fixed penalty notice.

Meanwhile, Gwent Police said a driver in Rhymney had a “lucky escape” after they flipped their vehicle on an ice-covered road but escaped with “no major injuries”.