New UK weather warnings for snow and ice as sporting events cancelled

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By Thomas Mackintosh
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A fresh yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office for large parts of the UK.

Forecasters say the latest alert will cover much of the Midlands, Yorkshire and north and central Wales.

Roads and railways are “likely to be affected” by the conditions, with longer journey times by road, bus and train, the Met Office said.

It comes as heavy snow overnight forced Glasgow Airport to ground all flights for several hours on Saturday morning.

Despite teams “working through the night” airport bosses had to suspend arrivals and departures from Glasgow due to “heavier than forecast snow”.

Two flights bound for Glasgow had to be diverted to Prestwick and Edinburgh airports.

Glasgow Airport said flights resumed just after 10:00 GMT, but disruption is still expected and passengers are urged to check with their airline.

Glasgow’s Winterfest in George Square looked extra festive after being dusted with snow overnight

Elsewhere, the freeze is set to continue over the weekend with several sporting events across the UK cancelled due to snow and icy conditions.

Nine football matches in the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) have been postponed due to snow and freezing temperatures.

Crewe Alexandra’s FA Cup tie against Bristol Rovers has also been called off, while Saturday’s high-profile racing fixture at Newcastle has been abandoned due to snow on the track.

The latest Met Office yellow weather warning will run into Sunday.

But, previous yellow warnings issued on Friday for the northern coast and south-west Scotland, as well as the South West and the eastern coast of England came to an end on Saturday morning.

Separately, an amber cold-health alert issued by the UK Health Security Agency remains in place for five regions in England.

An early morning frost in Cardington, Shropshire as temperatures fell to -4°C on Saturday morning

Cold weather is likely to affect the whole health service, with the potential for the entire population to be at risk, the agency’s alert says.

The alert is in place for the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber until 5 December.

Temperatures of between -3°C (27F) to -6°C (21F) were widely seen across the UK on Friday, even in major towns and cities.

It was -5°C in Manchester and Edinburgh and -3°C in south-west London and Birmingham.

The lowest temperature recorded on Friday was -9.4°C in Shap in Cumbria, the Met Office said.

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