Royal Air Force

Snow Closes Runway At RAF Leeming


A freezing Siberian blast blanketing North Yorkshire in snow has closed the runway at RAF Leeming.

Routine flights over the North Sea have been suspended as the cold snap grips the station.

Aircraft will remain in the hangars until the mile and a half long strip has thawed.

Unlike the roads salt cannot be used on the tarmac to melt the 8cm of snow as it corrodes the jets.

100 Squadron’s Executive Officer, Squadron Leader Phil Stewart says:

“Unfortunately this weather system is so extensive. The people we fly with, the fighter bases along the eastern and the northern coasts are similarly affected.”

Forecasters are predicting more snowfall today (27 Feb) with temperatures remaining in single figures for the rest of the week.