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January 30, 2019 11:35 am Categorised in:

Liverpool Airport has now reopened after being hit by heavy snow overnight, resulting in the hub’s runway being closed early this morning. All flights were held due to a thick blanket of snow covering the airfield. The runway reopened at 9.50am. “The runway closed at around 06:00 this morning due to heavy snowfalls, however, I’m pleased to report that it re-opened at 09:50,” a Liverpool Airport spokesman told Express.co.uk. “Advice to passengers is to check with their airline regarding any delays.”

Liverpool Airport tweeted earlier today: “Due to snow, the runway is temporarily closed – the airport is open.” They previously posted: “We’re working hard to clear the runway, please bear with us and we will give regular updates.”

Travellers have taken to Twitter to share their experience of the snow at Liverpool.

“Coming down heavy at Liverpool Airport at the moment,” one person posted with a photo of the snow covered airfield.

“Let’s hope we get there!” another posted along with an image of a stationary plane.

Express.co.uk has cancelled Liverpool Airport for comment on the runway closure.

Manchester Airport has also been hit by thick snow and cancelled all flights in and out of the hub before reopening at 10.30am.

A Manchester Airport spokesman told Express.co.uk: “One of our runways has now re-opened for departing flights only, we will update in due course regarding arrivals.

“Our airfield team has been working through the night to keep the runways clear, which resulted in the day’s operations starting as planned. However, as conditions worsened significantly this morning, we took the decision to temporarily close our runways. 

“We advise all customers to carefully plan their journey to and from the airport, as the surrounding road network is severely impacted, making it difficult to get onto the airport site. We are working closely with GMP and Highways England to monitor the situation.

“As we gradually increase operations we will take this into account to maximise the number of people able to make their flights.

“We appreciate the inconvenience caused to passengers, but their safety and security is always of paramount importance.

“We will continue to monitor the adverse weather throughout the day and will provide updates as required. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline.”

The heaviest and most widespread snowfall since last winter’s Beast from the East is poised to bring parts of Britain to a standstill over the next 24 hours, forecasters have warned. 

Government forecasters have issued a raft of weather warnings for snow and ice as safety campaigners urge ‘stock up’ for what could be a long cold snap.

Heavy snow will sweep the country with south-east England facing another deluge at the end of the week.

The UK will be locked into the freezer for the next month at least with no sign of a warm-up until spring, experts warn.