Cold snap brings new UK chaos

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Car Rental News - 14/01/2010


Gatwick airport plagued with closures, delays

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, a new turn for the worst weather-wise meant that those living in the UK were subjected to yet more winter woes.

After enjoying a slight rise in temperatures and a thaw in the ice and snow that had been covering much of the UK for several weeks, a new cold snap hit, causing serious hazards for a large number of motorists.

The cold snap hit overnight, covering many parts of Wales and southwest England with up to 15cms of snow. Later in the day other parts of the UK were affected by the latest freak weather condition, forcing Gatwick Airport and a number of other transportation hubs to close for snow clearance.

In a recent press statement, a spokesman for Gatwick Airport announced that: "We are working with our airlines and business partners to reopen the runway as soon as it is safe to do so. Delays and cancellations are likely. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest flight information. We regret the disruption to our passengers' travel plans but the safety of aircraft and passengers is our top priority."

Although the freezing conditions had not been predicted, they are not exactly uncommon for this time of year as, according to folklore, January 13th is believed to be the coldest day of the year.

However, people can take comfort in the fact that this latest cold spell should mark the end of the extreme wintery weather conditions, as temperatures should now gradually start to climb.

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