Glasgow Airport has suspended all flights following heavy snow as a cold snaps grips the UK.
Scattered weather warnings are in place across the country and Glasgow Airport said it had suspended all flights temporarily because of "heavier than forecast snow".
A post from the travel hub on X, formerly Twitter, said: “Flight operations are currently suspended due to heavier than forecast snow.
“Our winter teams have been working through the night and we hope to resume operations as soon as possible. Please check with your airline for further flight updates.”
The first day of meteorological Winter ❄️ and a cold start to December
Bright and sunny for most places, but wintery showers across eastern coasts bringing some snow to high grounds 🌨️
Here are the extremes for the 1st of December 👇 pic.twitter.com/dfzKugOsxM
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 2, 2023
While London will avoid any snowfall, temperatures are not expected to rise above 1C on Saturday.
The Met Office said Sunday brings in a chance of rain, “perhaps with brief hill snow, spreading east” before things warm up slightly on Monday and Tuesday.
Forecasters warn the snowy conditions could affect some roads and railways, while there is an increased risk of injury from icy surfaces.
The mercury approached minus 10C in some places overnight, with Tulloch Bridge and Eskdalemuir in Scotland reaching minus 8C.
Temperatures are tipped to continue to fall over the weekend, with several sporting events cancelled amid snowfall and icy conditions.
Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said it will be minus 3C or minus 4C for many towns and cities on Saturday.
She said: “There’ll… be some snow showers continuing across southwestern Scotland throughout Saturday morning, mainly falling over the high ground above one or 200 metres, but there could be some sleetiness (sic) to lower levels across parts of the Lake District, for example, by lunchtime.
❄️ A cold start to Saturday for many with a widespread frost
🌦️ Coastal showers may bring a risk of ice to untreated surfaces
🌫️ Mist and freezing fog will slowly clear leaving a dry and sunny day for most
⚠️ Stay #WeatherAware pic.twitter.com/EW810IYTzc
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 1, 2023
“Elsewhere, though we’ll see the mist and fog slowly clear, it could remain quite murky for a lot of the morning across central and eastern areas.
“The best sunshine will be across northern areas of Scotland, but further south and west, you can see things starting to change a little bit (by Saturday afternoon) with a greater risk of some showers.”
She said as winds shifted to more south-westerly, temperatures would slowly rise through Saturday, feeling a little less cold in the southwest.
“Elsewhere, though still feeling bitterly cold, not much above freezing,” she added.
“Those showers in the southwest then do push further inland throughout Saturday night, and as they bump into the colder air, they could bring some snow to parts of Wales and central areas such as the Peak District, for example.
“There is a little of uncertainty with that one, but it’s only likely to bring a little dusting of snow by Sunday morning.”
The forecaster said the lowest temperature recorded on Friday was minus 9.4C in Shap in Cumbria.
The areas with the most snow on Friday were Aviemore, Inverness-shire, 5cm; Albemarle, Northumberland, 2cm; Bingley, West Yorkshire, 2cm; and Loftus, Cleveland, 1cm.
There was disruption to trains in the west of Scotland, with operator ScotRail posting: “The snow is affecting some signalling systems and staff are working as quickly as possible to rectify these just now.”
🌡️ Temperatures are already close to, if not below, 0 °C across much of the UK
📉 It will continue to get colder overnight, perhaps as low as -10 °C in parts of Scotland pic.twitter.com/mDcp0BrsN9
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 1, 2023
Crewe’s match with Bristol Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday has been called off and rearranged for December 12, with the playing surface deemed unsafe.
A number of Scottish Professional Football League matches were likewise postponed ahead of the weekend, with Dundee United’s trip to face Morton at Cappielow called off and the game between Ayr and Arbroath at Somerset Park.
Saturday’s high-profile racing fixture at Newcastle, which was due to stage the return of the Constitution Hill, has been abandoned due to snow on the track.
The UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office have issued amber cold health alerts in five regions: the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber until December 5, meaning “cold weather impacts are likely to be felt across the whole health service for an extended period of time”.