It’s snowing in the Uk, transport disrupted
Sunday, 10 December 2017 10:43
Sunday, 10 December 2017 10:50
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LONDON | heavy snow followed on Sunday by a large part of the Uk, whose capital London, resulting in disruptions in road, rail and air.
The weather service uk Met Office) were placed on orange alert for several areas of England and Wales until 18: 00 on Sunday.
Snow fell also in Scotland, Northern Ireland and more slightly in the capital London, placed by vigilance yellow.
At mid-day, the layer of snow reached 30 centimeters in Sennybridge (Wales), 18 cm at Hereford (England), and 10 cm at Coleshill, near Birmingham, said a spokesman for the Met Office, Oli Claydon, to the AFP.
It should continue to thicken slightly in the afternoon, even if “the worst is past,” he added, putting also warned of the “risk of ice” because of negative temperatures.
The latest snowfall of this magnitude in the United Kingdom had been observed in march 2013 and during the winter of 2010, according to the spokesperson.
The airport of Birmingham (centre of England), the second city of the United Kingdom, has been closed all morning and reopened in the early afternoon. Dozens of flights were cancelled, delayed or diverted to other british airports, arrival and departure.
Many flights were also cancelled or delayed at Luton airport, north of London, where all the tracks have reopened in the early afternoon after having been temporarily closed in the morning, according to its website.
The transport of passengers by train were also disrupted in a large part of England and Wales, has warned National Rail on its internet site.
Several highways and roads in the affected areas have been closed to traffic due to vehicle breakdowns or collisions, according to the manager of the road network, Highways England.
A hospital network in the Midlands (central England) has launched on Twitter a call for motorists with an all-terrain vehicle to bring its staff members at work.
On the sporting front, the match between Saracens and London Clermont, counting for the 3rd day of the European Cup of rugby, scheduled Sunday, has been postponed to a later date due to the snow-covered terrain.