Snow and cold disrupt travel in Britain

Jan. 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- At least one person has died and a blast of winter weather in Britain has disrupted air, rail and road travel, officials say.

A woman died in a multivehicle crash on the A1 in Lincolnshire Friday evening, police said.

After a rough Friday, more snow fell overnight, the BBC reported. Drivers were warned of icy roads Saturday as low temperatures added to the misery.

About 300 flights were canceled Friday at Heathrow International Airport outside London, one of the world's busiest hubs. East Midlands Airport suspended all service, although it resumed Saturday.

Heathrow officials announced Saturday about one-fifth of Sunday's departures would be canceled, with more snow and low visibility in the forecast, Sky News reported.

Jamie Methuen told the BBC he waited 4 hours Friday at Heathrow for a flight to Geneva, Switzerland, that never took off, delaying his ski trip to France. He said passengers should have been told earlier the flight was canceled.

Several thousand homes and businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland lost electrical service Friday.

Rail companies reported delays and said service on some lines was suspended because of the weather. Eurostar trains under the English Channel were running a half hour late because of difficult conditions in Europe.

About 20 soccer games and race meetings at Ascot and Haydock were canceled.

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