Gatwick Airport will remain closed throughout Wednesday after the Arctic conditions gradually intensified and it became the second major British airport to succumb to the gruelling conditions.
All departures and arrivals have been cancelled until at least 6am on Thursday after ground staff who worked throughout the night to clear the settling snow, finally lost their battle.
The decision came to close the airport as forecasters warned that the cold snap was set to continue throughout Wednesday, with up to 6in (15cm) of snow and temperatures reaching -7°C in certain parts of Britain.
It is vital that passengers do not make their way to the airport and check our website and with their airline for updates.”
Gatwick’s closure comes as several other airports shut across Britain, including Edinburgh, Durham Tees Valley, Doncaster and Dundee, with disruptions and delays in several others.
However air travel wasn’t the only thing suffering disruptions, as severe snowfalls on Tuesday trapped passengers on a broken down train overnight as the London rail network failed to overcome the onslaught of snow and ice.
Train operators warned customers on Wednesday to expect sever disruption and delays due to the snow, with many operating reduced timetables in an attempt to keep key routes open.
Forecasters believe the cold snap is likely to last until Thursday and is expected to return on Saturday, just in time for the weekend.