Snow forecast 12 January

Old Jan 11, 17, 9:26 am
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Snow forecast 12 January

It's looking increasingly likely snow will fall in the London area from 4pm tomorrow. As we all know that creates chaos in the UK generally!

BA and other airlines may cut some shorthaul services in a anticipation, these will start to show up in the system tonight I'd guess.

Build extra time into your journeys to and from the airport and lets hope the shiny new snowplows bought a few years ago start first time!

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Old Jan 11, 17, 9:31 am
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Indeed.

This is from what i usually consider the most accurate weather forecasting website I use. However, if the forecasting site is true, even if it snows, the weather is not cold enough for it to freeze on the ground and stay as snow. So this is likely snow falling but melting, so hopefully shouldn't cause a mess.

Did any of you see the mess of IST this last week? Absolute chaos, you can read all about it in the TK thread.
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Old Jan 11, 17, 9:47 am
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Glad my LH fight is early afternoon tomorrow!
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Old Jan 11, 17, 9:49 am
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I am on the evening 787 to TLV in Y I have a feeling I will be sitting around LHR for sometime...
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Old Jan 11, 17, 9:56 am
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The forecast is stating, Rain & Snow. I'm pretty sure it won't have any problems neither many cancellation, most likely the snow will be melting by the time it hits the ground. It's just the MET office is jealous of Eastern Europe with nothing to do. And just trying to make people worry.


TAF EGLL 111059Z 1112/1218 30012KT 9999 SCT030
TEMPO 1112/1117 31016G28KT
BECMG 1203/1206 24008KT
BECMG 1209/1212 8000 -RA BKN012
TEMPO 1210/1216 4000 RA BKN008
BECMG 1213/1216 18012KT
TEMPO 1216/1218 23018G30KT 0800 RASN SN BKN004

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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:02 am
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Seems Heathrow are expecting problems

From: https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/PilotWe...trievalByICAOs

A) EGLL B) 1701121500 C) 1701122359
E) DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER AIRLINES ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE THE AGREED
REDUCTION IN DEMAND BETWEEN 1500 AND 2359. REFER TO THE AIP FOR
FULL DEMAND VERSUS CAPACITY DETAILS
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:03 am
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Flying to LBA. I am not hopeful!
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:05 am
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As per the Heathrow request above BA will be making some shorthaul cancellations for tomorrow.
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by crazyanglaisy View Post
Flying to LBA. I am not hopeful!
It was the winds today at LBA which were an issue -hence the BA cancellations. Most flights to LBA this morning got cancelled or ended up getting diverted.

May be a bit of snow showers overnight or early tomorrow at LBA, but nothing too problematic.

Oh and the required reductions noted above shouldn't (hopefully) affect the LBA flights since there is no evening rotation this week.
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:15 am
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It was the winds today at LBA which were an issue -hence the BA cancellations. Most flights to LBA this morning got cancelled or ended up getting diverted.

May be a bit of snow showers overnight or early tomorrow at LBA, but nothing too problematic.

Oh and the required reductions noted above shouldn't (hopefully) affect the LBA flights since there is no evening rotation this week.
Thanks KARFA, that's helpful. I had heard bad things about the forecast for the Pennines tomorrow morning but it looks like you're absolutely right. Predicted wind speeds look lower than today as well. I'll keep my Plan B alternative of a rebooking to NCL in my back pocket and see how things pan out.
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:19 am
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30% capacity reduction in the evening
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:46 am
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Drat. Capacity drop in the evening, means some early morning inbounds to LHR on Friday 13th will be chopped - and I'm transferring onto a LH on Friday morning after a EU hop.

I knew it was not a good idea to fly on Friday 13th

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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:53 am
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Not sure what everyone is so worried about.

LHR copes very well with snow, but it depends if it's the right kind of snow

Good luck to those flying...I land at 6am, so should miss it all!

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Old Jan 11, 17, 11:12 am
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Heathrow App has just pushed a weather advisory covering both Thurs & Fri.
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Old Jan 11, 17, 11:18 am
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Met warning for tomorrow was also noting the expected sharp drop in temperatures after nightfall tomorrow evening which they predict could lead to ice forming from the wet snow/rain that falls tomorrow afternoon making surfaces potentially hazardous on Friday morning - so stay safe out there!

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