Airport reopens after snow closure

One of Scotland’s main airports reopened today after overnight snow across many parts of the country forced its closure.

One of Scotland’s main airports reopened today after overnight snow across many parts of the country forced its closure.

Flights to and from Edinburgh Airport were halted this morning after 2.5in (6.4cm) of snow fell last night.

Operator BAA warned passengers to expect some delays as services resumed after the snow was cleared.

A total of 20 departures and 16 arrivals were cancelled this morning, with two flights diverted to alternative airports.

The rest of this morning’s flights – around the same number again – have been delayed until this afternoon.

A spokesman for BAA said the airport was expected to stay open for the rest of the day, and it was anticipated it would catch up with delays, despite further snow showers forecast to sweep the central belt later today.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings of heavy snow for several regions across Scotland, including Grampian, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, plus south-west Scotland, Lothian and Borders.

Several of Scotland’s police forces have warned drivers to be cautious after last night’s snow showers and sub-zero temperatures left some roads in hazardous conditions.

All trunk routes into the Highlands and Islands are open and are currently in reasonable condition, and all other main roads are also reported as being reasonable. However, with low overnight temperatures and some snowfall, there is a risk of black ice over untreated roads.

Fife, Tayside and Lothian and Borders police warned people only to drive when necessary, given the hazardous conditions on some roads in the regions.

Glasgow and Aberdeen Airports both remained open.

Meanwhile, England and Wales experienced a comparatively mild night last night, with temperatures remaining firmly above freezing but with high winds and rain hitting some regions.

In Northern Ireland, drivers woke up to icy conditions following sub-zero temperatures and some snow on higher ground.

MeteoGroup, the weather arm of the Press Association, has forecast further snow showers in the west of Scotland this afternoon, sweeping across the central belt. More snow is also expected in Aberdeenshire.

More frequent snow showers are forecast overnight tonight for Scotland and parts of northern England.

The whole of the UK will face sub-zero temperatures as low as minus 8C (17.6F) in some places, while icy patches will affect driving conditions across the country.

Police are warning of the possibility of black ice on some roads tomorrow, particularly in Scotland.

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