Barrhead Travel has been forced to close all but one of its branches in Scotland due to heavy snowfall.

A total of 32 out of its 36 stores across the UK have been shut after the Met Office issued a red warning for extreme weather in Scotland as a second day of heavy snow caused major disruption across Scotland.

Barrhead’s head office and Glasgow-based call centres have also been closed and staff sent home.

Only branches in Saltcoats, CumbriaBelfast and Leicester remain open.

The company has also set up a team to help customers due to travel on holiday affected by the adverse weather.

Glasgow airport is among those which have suspended flights as staff try to clear snow from the runways.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “Following the red weather warning issued to most of Scotland, Barrhead Travel has closed the majority of its stores including our head offices and Glasgow-based call centres.

“The safety of our staff is a priority and so the decision to close was made at noon to ensure all of our people could travel home safely. Branches in areas not affected by the heavy snow remain open – which at this point includes Belfast, Leicester, Saltcoats and Cumbria.

“We have also set up an emergency team who are currently in the process of contacting all customers due to travel today or tomorrow who are affected by the airport closures.”

Meanwhile, the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) has confirmed its annual dinner is still due to take place tomorrow evening in Glasgow.

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