The UK continues to shiver through some of the worst weather it has seen in several years, with Britain’s Met Office releasing the most severe weather warnings possible for parts of southwest England and South Wales today.
The red warning is for a combination of widespread heavy snow and strong winds bringing blizzard conditions.
While this is the second red snow warning issued this week, it is only the third that the Met Office has ever issued since the current warning system came into force in 2011.
Other Yellow and Amber Warnings remain in place across the UK for today and into the weekend.
Forecasters have also said the harsh conditions could continue in some places into next week.
Travellers are expected to face delays with British Airways announcing on its website that the “continued poor weather conditions across parts of the UK and Europe will affect some of our flights”.
We recognise the uncertainty that the bad weather may be causing customers and have therefore introduced a range of flexible rebooking options for customers flying to or from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London City airports.
The airline said if you are due to travel on any short haul service up to and including Tuesday March 6 (regardless of whether your flight is currently showing as operating or not) you can rebook your flight to a later date and travel on dates up to and including Wednesday March 21.
If you’re travelling on the carrier’s long haul service to or from London Heathrow up to and including Sunday March 4 you can also rebook your flight to a later date and travel on dates up to and including Wednesday 21 March.
“We expect the weather conditions to remain difficult in the days ahead, so if you have some flexibility in when you can travel, we would strongly encourage you to take advantage of these extra options.”
EasyJet, which had to cancel all flights from Bristol Airport yesterday also said more delays should be expected today.
The Met Office said it would be working closely with rail, air transport and emergency services to help minimise the impacts of the weather on the public.
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