Early snowfall across the country

by Alister POOLE on November 26, 2010

Wintry weather has come to the UK early this year, as fresh snowfall sets a 17-year record for early November snows.

As the country experiences its earliest snow blanketing in almost two decades, widespread travel and sporting chaos have erupted. Parts of south-west England received the last of the downfall after the eastern and northern parts of the country met with up to six inches last night.

Forecasters have said that London and the Midlands would see snowfall later this evening and heavier snows would continue throughout tomorrow. Meteorologists suggest that the heavy snowfall could spread out through next week as the country begins to head into the Christmas festive season.

Britons have been warned to steer clear of dangerous driving conditions as the wintry spell sees temperatures drop below -6C. So far, the icy conditions caused a passenger plane at the Newcastle Airport to skid past the runway as it overshot the landing. No one was hurt in the incident, but the airport was closed immediately following.

The unexpected snowfall could cause the Newcastle races scheduled for Saturday to be cancelled. Train services in the east have also seen delays and cancellations.

The Met Office has warned the country that icy roads should be avoided if possible. The heaviest snowfall was recorded in Northumberland, where six inches fell in one day. The Scottish border received heavy snow as well.

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