Winter Storm Dylan Means Rough Start to New Year’s Travel in UK

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New Year’s Eve travel weekend is off to a rough start in the UK. Flight operations have resumed from Glasgow’s airport after a winter storm disrupted travel across much of the country.

According to the airport’s official Twitter account, it was temporarily forced to suspend operations Friday morning local time, before resuming them again approximately one hour later. Airport authorities are advising passengers to check with their airline regarding any potential flight delays or cancellations. Glasgow Airport said its winter operations team will continue to remain on standby throughout the day to monitor weather conditions.

EasyJet reports that the continued poor weather conditions could continue to result in flight delays or cancellations. Travelers can check the airline’s real-time flight tracker here.

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According to the latest forecast from Accuweather, the storm has brought snow to areas across northern England and Scotland, with accumulations of up to 1.6 inches measured outside of Glasgow. Motorways, including the A6 north of Lancaster and many others around the peak district, were rendered impassible by the storm. High winds also caused sporadic power outages in southern England.

The UK’s Met Office reports that the storm system, which has been named Winter Storm Dylan, will bring rain and snow gradually clearing eastwards on Friday afternoon. Conditions will be quieter on Saturday during the day, with more rain and strong winds Saturday night and into Sunday morning – New Year’s Eve day. On New Year’s Eve itself and New Year’s Day, forecasters are calling for wintry showers in the north, followed by continued unsettled weather through the first week of January.

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