|Two men push a car up a hill in Great Horton, Bradford, following heavy snow falls this morning. Guzelian|
April 30, 2016 – EARTH – The following articles constitutes several of the latest reports on heavy snowfall, low temperatures and snow storms as global cooling continues across the Earth.
Snowfall causes May Day misery for UK travelers; 6 inches of snow falls at Leeds Bradford Airport
An unseasonal mix of snowfall and sleet has caused disruption to those making an early start to the May Day bank holiday weekend.
Flights were cancelled and delayed for passengers after six inches (15cm) of snow fell at Leeds Bradford Airport overnight, forcing the runway to close for part of Friday.
Motorists looking to take advantage of the three-day weekend have been advised by police to take extra caution following a spike of weather-related collisions in the north of England on Friday morning.
Forecasters have predicted further snow, sleet and hail as May approaches.
Commuters in northern England and southern Scotland awoke on Friday to yellow warnings of snow, while showers of rain and sleet are expected to hit lower levels.
|Snow covers an abandoned overturned car on A703 in Waterhead, Midlothian, as Scotland wakes to snow in the last few days of April. SWNS|
|A snow covered pavement in Burnley, Lancashire, as the unseasonably cool weather continues. Kim Pilling/PA|
|Heavy snowfall causes traffic chaos in Keighley, West Yorkshire. SWNS|
Throughout the day the band of wintry weather carrying thundery downpours is due to move towards the south and east, with occasional sunny spells accompanied by a stiff breeze. Ahead of the cold front, temperatures are expected to reach 13C (55F) in the South East, while the mercury will creep past 8C (46F) in most parts.
Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said: “The remnants of the system that is bringing snow across southern Scotland and England will be lingering into Friday evening, predominantly in the north east of England. “Mostly it will be rain showers and a wintry mix of snow, sleet and hail for the rest of the country.”
WATCH: Snow brings frozen start to bank holiday getaway with blizzard conditions.
Hail was expected “just about anywhere”, she said, adding: “Later in the day we are most likely to see hail cause trouble on the roads if the ice builds up as conditions become slippery.”
After a cold night on Friday, a keen frost is expected to follow on Saturday morning, although the best conditions of the weekend are expected later on.
While it will be a fairly dry day for many, showers are likely in eastern parts of the UK.
Cold Spring weather cancels official opening of snowed on Snowdon mountain in Wales
The railway track is covered in snow and sections of paths are very slippery
Tourists and locals who had been waiting for the opening of Snowdon’s summit this weekend will have to wait another week due to more heavy snow.
Despite workers’ efforts to clear the railway track in time for the opening, the amount of snow which has fallen over the past days means the track, which goes from Llanberis to the summit, is covered in snow.
No facilities will open this weekend and they are hoping people will be able to access the peak of Snowdon from next Friday, May 6.
A spokesperson said on the Facebook group: “Due to the snow on the mountain, we have reluctantly had to cancel opening this weekend. “The railway have been working tirelessly to keep the track clear.
“However, we have not been able to get the commissioning finished and we have had more snow which has covered the track.
“So there will be no facilities open on the summit this weekend.
“We are sorry but the railway and summit staff have worked in atrocious conditions all week but we have been thwarted by yesterday’s weather.
“Hopefully we will open on Friday 5th May all being well.”
Sections of paths very slippery due to snow on #Snowdon today. pic.twitter.com/bM421dnLJL
— Eryri Warden Report (@snowdonweather) 27 April 2016
Anyone who may have pre-booked tickets for the first week of May is advised to contact the Snowdon Mountain Railway visitor information to change the booking or receive a refund.
|Eryri Warden Report|
The Snowdon Mountain Railway website stated trains will be running to Clogwyn but not to the summit.
Well people…coming to #Snowdonia this weekend? Here’s what to expect!!! Remember to bring ice axe and crampons! pic.twitter.com/jhjGHBU3V1
— Snowdonia Warden (@WardenEryri) 29 April 2016
And hikers are being warned that sections of paths on the Snowdonia mountain range are very slippery.