Manchester Airport shut by heavy snow as temperatures plunge to -10C in UK’s coldest night of year

Manchester Airport has temporarily closed both its runways on due to heavy snowfall as temperatures plunged below -10C in parts of the UK overnight. A statement on

Twitter on Thursday morning said: “Following a period of heavy snowfall, we have temporarily closed both runways. “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.” One passenger,

tweeting from a plane waiting on the runway, said the snow had delayed their flight by more than two hours. It came after the UK recorded the coldest recorded temperature of

the year in the early hours of Thursday, as Drumnadrochit near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands hit minus 10.4C (13.28F). Topcliffe in north Yorkshire got down to minus

7.4C (18.68F), the coldest in England. A series of yellow weather warnings for snow and ice from the Met Office came in as a major incident was declared in Somerset due to

the risk of flooding. The warnings covering northern and south-west Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales suggest there may be “further wintry showers bringing disruption

from ice and snow” while an ice warning is also in place for the south west of England. They run until noon on Thursday in Wales and the north of Scotland while the ice

warning lasts until 10am in England. Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told PA: “Parts of north-west Scotland still have 34cm of snow lying, elsewhere this is around 9cm,

and in sites across Northern Ireland we’ve got 7cm, and in Wales as well.