Snow hits north west England as coldest night of winter approaches

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Overnight snowfall in Liverpool. Image: Peter Byrne/PA

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Snow has carpeted many areas in the north west of England as the coldest night of winter approaches.

Around 200 schools have been closed in the region due to the harsh conditions, and airports in Manchester and Liverpool were both at a standstill this morning.

Manchester airport has since reopened its runway, and Liverpool Airport has restarted both inbound and outbound flights after an initial period of closure.

Snow in Rossendale, Lancashire. Image: Ben Cusack

Commuters in the north west were also warned of long delays and tricky conditions on roads, with gritters working around the clock.

The deepest snowfall recorded by the Met Office at 9am today was 11cm at Tulloch Bridge in Inverness-shire, Scotland.

Snowfall is expected to increase across the country, with a weather system arriving from the south west and pushing north on Thursday.

The scene in Liverpool this morning. Image: Jon Perkins

It is forecast to bring a widespread harsh frost along with freezing fog and significant snowfall, with several centimetres possible across parts of England, according to Met Office meteorologist, Alex Burkill.

Temperatures of minus 10 degrees celsius could occur in parts of the country in the early hours of Thursday, with the Met Office predicting the coldest night of winter so far at minus 10.8 C.