Heavy snow has caused widespread travel disruption across the UK with cancelled trains, delayed flights and almost 10-hour tailbacks on roads.

An amber weather warning for snow across northern England remains in place until 12pm on Friday, with yellow warnings for snow covering other areas such as Wales and central England in place until 2pm.

Are trains running today?

Rail services have been severely impacted by the extreme wintry weather.

Network Rail said multiple fallen trees have blocked lines between Manchester and Sheffield, meaning no trains can run.

TransPennine Express and Northern are also among the train operators that have cancelled many services.

Early this morning, Merseyrail announced was not operating any services across its entire network due to adverse weather conditions.

It later said services on the Southport Line will resume shortly after 9am.

Passengers are advised to check train service updates before they travel.

How have flights been affected?

The runway at Birmingham Airport was temporarily closed but reopened just before 9am after the snow was cleared.

However, customers have been warned to expect disruption to departing flights as ground crews de-ice aircraft.

Airline customers travelling via Leeds Bradford Airport have also experienced flight delays. The airport has warned passengers about snow disruption and advised them to check with their airline for the most up to date information on departures and arrivals.

All bus routes operated out of Leeds Bradford Airport by Flyer have been suspended due to the extreme weather and road conditions.

East Midlands Airport has reopened after being closed for around three hours on Friday morning.

In Belfast, heavy snow forced the city’s international airport to shut its runway, grounding flights on Thursday evening but the runway was later reopened.

Passengers at Dublin Airport have also complained of delays because of the adverse weather conditions.

What impact has the snow had on the roads?

In areas where considerable snowfall was forecast, drivers were advised to avoid road travel unless essential.

Anyone who is travelling in icy conditions is advised to take extra care, maintain a safe and steady speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

Heavy snow in the north has left drivers stranded on the M62 motorway in Greater Manchester and Yorkshire for up to nine hours.

Palwasha Afzal, 23, a credit hire consultant from Huddersfield, told i at around 9am on Friday: “I’m still travelling on the motorway, travelling from Manchester to Huddersfield, we left at 12am and we’re currently still here.

“The motorway is horrific, there’s lorries broken down, cars broken down, there’s lorries [spun] on the motorway. It’s horrible.”

Handout photo courtesy of Palwasha Afzal, who was stuck on the M62 motorway for more than seven hours in miles-long tailbacks caused by a night of heavy snowfall. Picture date: Friday March 10, 2023. PA Photo. Traffic was brought to a standstill on long stretches of the road running through Yorkshire and Greater Manchester in the early hours of Friday morning, with some drivers said to have abandoned their cars. National Highways North-West estimated at one point congestion on the eastbound carriageway between Rochdale and Saddleworth stretched to around eight miles. The agency said there are now at least three-hour delays eastbound between Rochdale and Huddersfield and delays of at least 90 minutes on the westbound carriageway between Huddersfield and Saddleworth, where two lanes remain closed. See PA story WEATHER Snow M62. Photo credit should read: Palwasha Afzal/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Palwasha Afzal told i she felt sick after being stuck on the M62 for 9 hours in miles-long tailbacks caused by a night of heavy snowfall (Photo: Palwasha Afzal)

Ms Afzal, who is travelling with her husband said they’d had no food but managed to find some water.

“I feel sick, I feel ill, I feel tired, I need to go to the loo but there’s no bloody service station from Manchester to Huddersfield – it’s been 9 hours.”

National Highways North-West estimated at one point congestion on the eastbound carriageway between Rochdale and Saddleworth stretched to around eight miles.

Are buses running?

In Leicester, most bus services across the network are disrupted due to the snow. Customers are urged to check the operator’s social network sites for updates before travelling.

Services in other areas including Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire and Glasgow have also been affected and delays and cancellations.

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