LONDON SNOW ALERT
Capital has severe weather warning in place amid warnings of disruption to rail, roads and planes
London has been placed under a weather alert with snow predicted, amid dire warnings for rail, road and air travel.
Before a single snowflake had even fallen in the capital, 80 flights were cancelled at Heathrow due to adverse weather.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for London - with snow predicted– and has said if it settles it could cause disruption to transport services.
Heathrow cancelled 80 flights. The services were cancelled due to bad weather. Passengers were booked onto other flights, it was reported.
British Airways said the weather will affect flights flying out of London airports and have advised passengers to check their flight status before travelling.
A forecaster warned that the evening rush-hour would be when the worst weather hits the city and that continued cold weather overnight could leave roads icy.
But Transport for London has promised the city will not grind to a halt if snow falls in the capital.
TfL said staff were working “round the clock” to ensure the Tube, bus, rail and road networks would not collapse when icy conditions arrive.
A spokesman said TfL has a “well-rehearsed and thorough plan to keep our road and rail networks operating during snow and ice”.
But some Londoners are not confident that the city’s transport will keep moving and have been sharing their scepticism on social media.
One person wrote: “TfL can’t provide a decent service during normal weather their combined incompetence proceeds them @TfL @MayorofLondon.”
Another person agreed, writing: “[London] grinds to a halt frequently without snow so I doubt it very much! @MayorofLondon.”
And one Londoner joked: “Prepared for London to epically come to a total standstill because of a single snow flake #uggsinmybag @UGGUK #snow #London.”
Snow is already causing disruption in parts of the UK after blizzards hit, with heavy snow reported in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the north of England.
The snow has been accompanied by gales in other parts of the UK with gusts approaching 100 mph on Wednesday.
The wind has caused damage to properties in west Yorkshire and thousands of homes in Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead and Northumberland have been left without power.