Manchester airport reopens runways as cold weather cut continues

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Manchester airport closed two of its runways for nearly two hours on Thursday morning, as forecasters warned of widespread disruptions across the UK due to snow and ice.

The airport announced it was closed at 6.20 am, blaming heavy snow. He said the runways were cleared at 8.43 am and thanked the passengers for their patience.

Temperatures dropped to -10C in parts of England in the early hours of Thursday and yellow weather warnings were issued for much of the country.

A spokesperson for Manchester airport said in the early morning: “Health and safety will always be our top priority and operations will resume at the earliest opportunity. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the most up-to-date flight information.”

For many, it was a morning spent waiting in departure lounges or airplanes, and some passengers were voicing their disappointment on social media. A passenger, Candice Cooper, tweeted: “When Manchester airport says ‘heavy snow’ it’s barely an inch! 2 hours delay on the plane.”

Getting to the airport was also difficult, with long delays and a heavy traffic jam of 5 miles from junction 1 to junction 6 on the M56, airport turnoff.

National Highways said snowfall made it unsafe to lift the night runs between J5 and J6. Our contractors are working to clear the snow and reopen the lanes.”

Drumnadrochit, near Inverness in the Highlands, dropped to -10.4C early Thursday, making it the year’s coldest temperature on record.

Topcliffe in North Yorkshire dropped to -7.4C, the lowest temperature ever recorded in England.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for deterioration as a result of snow and ice in northern and western Scotland, northwest England, southwest England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They were expected to be removed by noon at the latest.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said there is still 34cm of snow in some parts of northwest Scotland, and 9cm in other places.

“The main thing elsewhere is frost and ice. Showers are focusing on the north and west of England so it’s a cold and icy but dry start elsewhere,” he said. “Thursday there will be lighter winds in the south so the weather won’t be as harsh as before – although temperatures are still colder, the cooling effect of the wind will be stronger.” It will be less.”

A level three cold weather warning issued by the UK Health Safety Agency warning of conditions that “could increase health risks for vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services” is in effect until 09:00 on Monday, 23 January.

A major event has been declared in Somerset due to the risk of county-wide flooding. Drivers were warned not to cross flood waters. “It is the number one cause of death during flooding and puts yourself and rescue organizations at risk,” Somerset West and Taunton council said.

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