Leeds/Bradford airport is preparing to re-open after it was forced to shut this morning for a second time in a week due to snow and ice.

The airport blamed “adverse weather conditions” for the disruption and urged passengers to check its website for updates.

“Some flights are now preparing for departure; we hope to have all flights moving but there will be some delays, so please continue to check with your airline or tour operator for the status of your flight and allow additional time when travelling to the airport,” an airport spokesperson said.

Passengers also suffered flight delays and cancellations at the Yorkshire airport on Monday due to bad weather.

Belfast International Airport warned passengers of possible delays today and tomorrow because of heavy rain and snow, while snow and ice was also affecting Liverpool airport this morning.

EasyJet said: “Weather forecasts for the UK predict the potential for adverse weather on Friday with Belfast likely to see the worst of the conditions.

“If travelling from UK airports, we recommend you allow plenty of time for your journey and regularly check the status of your flight.”

The warnings came as snow fell across many parts of the UK and 18 flood warnings were issued for the South West of England.

As much as 8 to 16 inches of snow could fall in some places continuing into Saturday and Sunday, forecasters said.

Northern parts of Wales, the Midlands into the Pennines, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to be the worst affected today.