February 9, 2007 / 8:44 AM / 12 years ago

Snow hits Birmingham airport and schools

A mainline train bound for London's Waterloo station passes through snow covered railway lines in Clapham Junction station in south London, February 8, 2007. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

LONDON (Reuters) - Heavy snowfalls across the Midlands and Wales on Friday forced the temporary closure of Birmingham International Airport and shut hundreds of schools.

The Highways Agency warned drivers to take extra care on roads as the Met Office issued severe weather warnings across the country.

Birmingham International Airport, which handles 160 European and long-haul flights a day, closed its runway for more than three hours to allow snow and ice to be cleared, before reopening at 7:45 p.m.

Schools across Wales and the Midlands were closed, many for a second day, because of the snow and freezing conditions.

The Met Office said snow showers across Wales, the Midlands and northern England would turn to rain overnight.

But more snow could fall in eastern Scotland on Saturday, coupled with high winds, it added.

It said the outlook for the next week remained unsettled, but said it expected rain rather than snow.

The Highways Agency said it had deployed 400 salt spreading vehicles across the country and advised motorists not to travel unless necessary until the weather improved.

It advised drivers to take precautions if travelling in the icy conditions, warning that it can take ten times longer to stop than under normal conditions.

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