East Midlands Airport suspends flights as weather worsens

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Image caption Snow began falling in Nottingham at about midday on Friday

East Midlands Airport has temporarily closed due to "worsening conditions" while snow is cleared from the runway.

Several schools in Nottinghamshire were also closed as icy conditions hit the county.

The Met Office issued a weather warning for the East Midlands with some parts of the region expecting up to 10cm (4ins) of snow.

An East Midlands Airport spokeswoman said she did not know when flights would resume.

'Avoid unnecessary journeys'

An airport spokesperson said: "Flights from East Midlands Airport have been operating as normal today.

"However due to worsening weather conditions, the airport has temporarily suspended flights from landing and taking off, while snow is cleared and checks are carried out on the airfield.

"We would encourage all passengers travelling today to check with their airline or tour operator for the latest up-to-date information on their flight."

More snow is expected over the weekend and a "bitterly cold south-easterly wind" will remain, the Met Office added.

Schools in the county had to be closed earlier in the week as the first snow hit the region.

Nottinghamshire Police and the Highways Agency are warning motorists to be prepared for the conditions and avoid unnecessary journeys.

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