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Icy weather and snow hits Britain, closing Manchester Airport and affecting train services

  • A dog walker walks through the Kings Knot area below Stirling Castle, Scotland, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, during a snow blizzard, as a cold weather front is set to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C (18 degrees Fahrenheit) to below zero into Thursday. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

    A dog walker walks through the Kings Knot area below Stirling Castle, Scotland, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, during a snow blizzard, as a cold weather front is set to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C (18 degrees Fahrenheit) to below zero into Thursday. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Milligan) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Tractors clear the snow from the runways at Manchester Airport's Terminal 1, Thursday Jan. 29, 2015, in Manchester, England. Ice and snow have caused travel disruptions in England and Scotland, forcing the closure of Manchester Airport and cancelling dozens of train services. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Tractors clear the snow from the runways at Manchester Airport's Terminal 1, Thursday Jan. 29, 2015, in Manchester, England. Ice and snow have caused travel disruptions in England and Scotland, forcing the closure of Manchester Airport and cancelling dozens of train services. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A couple brave the elements during a walk in the grounds of Stormont estate, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Heavy snow began to fall in many parts of Northern Ireland as severe weather warning was issued to many parts of the UK in particular Scotland and Northern Ireland.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    A couple brave the elements during a walk in the grounds of Stormont estate, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Heavy snow began to fall in many parts of Northern Ireland as severe weather warning was issued to many parts of the UK in particular Scotland and Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

Ice and snow have caused travel disruptions in England and Scotland, forcing Manchester Airport to close temporarily and canceling dozens of train services.

Manchester Airport said it had to shut down Thursday morning to allow snowplows to clear the runways. The airport reopened hours later, but passengers were warned to expect delays.

Britain's weather forecast service, the Met Office, has issued a severe cold weather alert for northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with heavy snow and sleet showers expected. In Sheffield, central England, local officals reported about 1 foot (30 centimeters) of snowfall.

More than a dozen train services were canceled between Manchester and York, and heavy snow also forced the closure of main roads in the Durham and Yorkshire areas.

More than 100 schools were closed.