UK sees return of snow, gales and ice
- 5 February 2013
- From the section UK
Snow and gale force winds in parts of the UK have caused some disruption, just weeks after severe weather led to school closures and transport problems.
More than 50 schools were closed in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Belfast City airports experienced delays.
The problems were caused by snow which fell overnight in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.
The Met Office has issued some yellow warnings for snow and icy roads.
This means people in parts of Scotland, the north of England and the Midlands should be aware.
Overnight, up to 4in (10cm) fell on higher ground, with strong winds adding to the difficult driving conditions in affected parts of the UK. Drivers were urged to be careful, particularly on untreated roads.
Police in Dumfries and Galloway said there had been a spate of minor accidents on Tuesday.
In other developments:
- More than 20 primary schools and secondary schools in Dumfries and Galloway closed
- A lorry overturned on the M74 south of junction 20 in Dumfries and Galloway
- More than 30 schools in Northern Ireland closed because of the adverse weather
- George Best Belfast City Airport is experienced delays to some flights, of up to two hours in some cases
- Belfast International Airport had a few delays on Tuesday morning but is now generally operating as normal
- Tuesday's afternoon meeting at Sedgefield racecourse in County Durham was abandoned due to snow
BBC weather forecaster Mike Silverstone said there had been some snow fall during Tuesday but much of it had melted as it fell onto lower ground. The band of snow will be followed by some showers which may fall as snow on higher ground, he added.
Widespread ice has been forecast for the north of England and Scotland overnight as temperatures fall below freezing.
Blizzard conditions brought much of the UK to a standstill at the end of January. The cold snap was followed by widespread flooding caused by melting snow and heavy rain.