Forecasters have issued a weather warning for Glasgow after snow blanketed the city in the early hours of Saturday morning
All flights were suspended at Glasgow Airport, which said planes were grounded temporarily because of “heavier than forecast snow”.
Glaswegians awoke on Saturday morning to find more than an inch of snow had fallen over night, coating streets and covering roads.
Scattered weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across the UK as temperatures plunged below freezing overnight.
Glasgow awoke to snow this morning
Glasgow Airport temporarily suspended all flights on Saturday morning, with the transport hub posting on X, formerly Twitter, at 7.24am that it was doing so because of “heavier than forecast snow”.
At 10.20am, the airport posted: “Our runway is now fully operational again and we are working with our airline partners and their handlers to resume flight schedules.”
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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.”
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.
The Met Office said Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland regions of Scotland were likely to see the lowest temperatures on Saturday night with minus 12C possible in some valleys in these regions.
The weather alert for Glasgow was put in place until 11am Saturday morning.
A snowy street on Glasgow's Southside
Temperatures are predicted to struggle to get above freezing during the day, meaning the snow is likely to remain on the ground until Sunday at least.
Cold conditions are predicted to last until next week, when the mercury is set to climb slightly.
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
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
— 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.
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.
— Glasgow Airport ✈️ (@GLA_Airport) December 2, 2023
🌡️ 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
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”.