Snow, ice and strong winds were contributing to travel delays and disruption across parts of Europe this morning.

Jersey airport remained shut due to adverse weather until at least midday while a quarter of flights were cancelled at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and 20% at Paris Orly.

Brittany Ferries was forced to suspend morning and afternoon sailings between Portsmouth and Caen due to winds and heavy snow in France.

This came as hundreds of motorists spent the night stranded on the A23 and M23 in Sussex.

Gatwick advised passengers to leave plenty of extra time for journeys to the airport warning that the A23 south of the airport was running “very slow”.

EasyJet warned of “significant congestion and hazardous conditions” due to icy weather conditions on the roads around Gatwick, its biggest base.

“We strongly advise all passengers to allow additional travel time,” the airline said.

Aircraft de-icing issues at London City, Brussels and Frankfurt airports were also causing flight delays. Brussels Airlines was cancelling services from the Belgian capital.