Air travel in the UK is returning to normal after snowfall closed runways across England and Wales. London Luton was one of the last airports to re-open – while politicians began a debate on just why Britain is so bad at coping with even a few centimetres of the white stuff.
The government has admitted the country needs to be better prepared. Continental Europe has been hit too. In the Netherlands, driving was hazardous, trains were cancelled and Amsterdam’s Schipol airport closed runways. Even getting around by bike was tricky.
The first snowfall of the year in Belgium posed transport problems too. And forecasters warned while the snow was likely to melt during the day, sub-zero overnight temperatures would make for icy conditions in the morning. But it was not all bad news. As schools closed their doors and commuters gave up on the idea of making it into work, many had time to enjoy the winter weather.