Snow causes nationwide chaos for travel and schools

By Laura Moulden

Heavy snowfall across the UK continues to cause nationwide travel disruption including cancelled flights, road closures and long train delays.

The ongoing wintry conditions have also caused almost 5,000 schools to remain closed for the day.

The extensive closures pose a particular threat for pupils scheduled to take GCSE or A-level papers today (Monday, January 21st), with most schools opening just for these students.

Martin Young, Met Office chief forecaster, said:

“There is the continuing risk of some snow at times almost anywhere. The heaviest snow, however, is expected across parts of eastern England and eastern Scotland through Sunday night and Monday, bringing the risk of disruption in some areas.”

The Highways Agency advised road users to take extra care when travelling, whilst unsafe road conditions have resulted in closures on the A66 in both directions between the junctions with the A685 (Brough) and the A67 (Bowes). In north Yorkshire, the major roads A169 and are also closed.

Meanwhile, flights have been suspended at East Midlands, Manchester and Leeds Bradford airports, and Heathrow have cancelled around 130 flights. A spokesman said adverse weather conditions at other European airports meant that “further cancellations are inevitable”.

Passengers are advised to regularly check the status of their flight with the airline before setting out.

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