Snow Grinds Britain To A Halt

(ITN)

Millions of Britons faced travel misery with planes grounded, rail services cancelled and roads rendered impassable on what is traditionally the busiest weekend before Christmas.

Plunging temperatures and heavy snow saw large swathes of the country grind to a standstill, as London's Gatwick Airport closed its runway and British Airways cancelled flights at Heathrow.

Overnight blizzards and plummeting temperatures buckled a huge chunk of the nation's road and rail networks, as the latest blast of wintery weather showed little sign of easing.

The North West of England was hit with reported deluges of up to 10in of snow causing widespread disruption and accidents on major roads and motorways. Hundreds of motorists were stranded on the M6 in Greater Manchester.

Parts of the south were also blanketed by snow overnight, with the blizzards predicted to dump as much as a foot of snow on parts the South East and the Midlands.

Easyjet cancelled all flights from Gatwick Airport between 6am and 10am, while officials advised all passengers to check their flight status before travelling to the airport.