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Snow Could Cause Transport Disruption In Britain  
User currently offlineBCNGRO From Andorra, joined Oct 2004, 584 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1980 times:

The British Met Office has recently issued an "Advance Warning of Severe Weather" forecasting heavy snow affecting Scotland, Northern Ireland, North West England, North East England, The Midlands, Wales and East Anglia and Lincolnshire on Thursday and Friday (http://www.met-office.gov.uk/). It says that accumulations of several cm combined with strong northerly winds could cause disruption to transport. It seems it's going to be cold!  Nuts

Do you think it is likely that British airports are going to be "disrupted"? Which airports in this regions do you thing are less prepared to face a situation like that? Some friends of mine are flying to MME on Friday morning, do you thing this airport could work normally during "heavy snow" conditions?

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User currently offlineRtfm From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1940 times:

Well with any BAA run airport even the hint of a snowflake is apt to cause their operation to grind (or should that be skid) to a halt...  Sad

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 1905 times:

You might remember the "Rain" fiasco we had in the summer where LHR stopped operating for an afternoon because it rained. I mean that wasn't the first time it ever rained in London. Snow could be a problem however as LHR can grind to a complete halt due to someone near the tarmac with dandruff. Leaves are also now liable to cause flight delays and cancelations.

British Rail used to hold the book of useless excuses but it seems BAA have now taken a few photocopies.

"Plane cancelled due to staff shortages". That must be due to crop up at a BAA airport near you soon.

User currently offlineRupesNZ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 1893 times:

Yeah I remember new technology to handle snow on the tracks, until they got the wrong sort of snow, the following week it was swans on the tracks....

The Brits are useless with weather, the merest hint of anything other than their normal perpetual drizzle means a complete shut down of air/land/sea and rail.

User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 1878 times:

Is it true that MAN has heaters under its runways??

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User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3224 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 1857 times:

I'd believe it, because around the Are region of Sweden at the same time, the temperature is predicted to drop to -15/-16, already! So, yes, if it is that cold there, i think snow in britian is quite on the cards.

User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7746 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

I think that -15 degrees C is a little unlikely.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

In the UK and excess of wind, rain, snow, hail, mist, sunshine causes disruption......

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

I think you are reading too much into this weather warning. It will rain in most of the UK, there is just a chance that it may snow on the hills. The disruption will be on the roads where there may be more accidents/roads closed for whatever reason/traffic problems etc. The airports will largely go unaffected.

User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3224 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1773 times:


go and check out the weather forecast for the Swedish ski resort of Are.
(A with 'o' on top..can't do it properly using english keyboard.)

Its about in line with Trondhiem and Ostersund. Granted that is a fair way north, but it is still below the arctic circle and if supercold artic winds are sending that place so cold so early, I can't see why it can't affect the UK.

User currently offlineSkysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

I don't know if MAN has heaters under the runways, but there is a system available that melts snow and ice when it lands on the ground. I don't know if MAN has this installed either, but one of the systems consists of a copper wire embedded in graphite and asphalt. The electric current runs through the copper wire and heats the surrounding area causing the snow and ice to melt.


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17108 posts, RR: 66
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

Most of England (not for non-Britons: not the UK, England) is ill-equipped to handle heavy snow because it doesn't happen very often. Why invest heavily in equipment if it will only be used one or two days a year. There are better ways to use the money.

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User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7746 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1617 times:


What I meant is that it is unlikely that we will get - 15 degrees C in Britain.

The lowest in my lifetime was -22 degrees C and that would have been in January not November.

User currently offlineVadheim From Norway, joined Jul 2000, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

Do'nt worry it wo'nt be that cold....

Only, 0C here in Oslo and no snow yet so Britain should be OK for a little while  Big grin

User currently offlineFoxy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 179 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Still supposed to be going to be the coldest winter in the past 30 years for the UK

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

Catatonic - I don't think MAN has such a system, it did close one evening last winter for snow, so presumably snow can still affect ops.

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User currently offlineSOU146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

I'm off to Tallinn in February and have been today looking at the webcams which have showed its been snowing most the day over there (current temp is -3oC, 21.26 local time) - Could this be the snow coming our way....??

If it is, I doubt it will amount to much.

User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2462 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

On the topic of snow, any chance there be some on ground in Dortmund on 29th November??


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1259 times:
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I wouldn't be suprised if there was mass desruption due to the weather, Britain is a country allergic to shall i say "extreme" weather. An extra inch of snow or rain and the world stops spinning. If you ever get caught in any kind of disruption due to 4 inches of snow, it can be frustrating as hell.

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User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1228 times:

Isn't this how "Day After Tomorrow" started? Just curious...

User currently offlineSk945 From Sweden, joined May 2002, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Here in Stockholm we are waiting for the first snow to arrive tonight. It's expected to come between 10-20 cm during the night, with tempatures going down to -10 degrees C. tomorrow evening. And to that, its gona be really windy. So its winter tyres on today.
But it will have non or very little affect of the air traffic I guess.

This was really of topic, but hey, the first snow of the season is alwasy something special...

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