Is there snow in Manchester? How to check roads, trams & school closures plus weather forecast

The bitterly cold weather isn’t set to clear up anytime soon in Greater Manchester - here’s latest advice on schools, public transport and travel.

It looks as though the cold spell in Manchester is here to stay as the Met Office issues a yellow warning for ice and fog in the region with more light snow expected late tonight.

Over the weekend, the whole country experienced snowy weather leading to widespread disruptions to travel. At its height, dozens of flights were cancelled at Manchester Airport as both runways were forced to close due to the weather. Mancunians woke up to subzero temperatures again this morning, but it is not forecast to snow anywhere in Greater Manchester. The ice and fog warning means that icy patches are likely on untreated roads and cycle paths, which may lead to travel disruptions, including flights. People should also take care when out walking as the icy pavements will be slippy.

Hour-by-hour weather forecast for today in Manchester

Between noon and 1pm, temperatures in Manchester will rise from -1°C to 1°C and it will be cloudy with some sunny intervals. Some parts of the region are still quite foggy and there will be medium visibility throughout the whole day. By 2pm, temperatures will rise to a maximum of 2°C, dropping slightly to 1°C at 5pm, where it will stay for the rest of the evening. It will be cloudy for most of the day and overcast at times.

The Met Office has forecast a 10% chance of rain for most of the day, until 11pm when there is a 50% chance of light snow. There is a longer term forecast for the local area here.

How to check school closures

There do not appear to be any school closures in Manchester today due to the weather. In the event of school closures, a list of affected schools will be posted on local council websites. For Manchester, all information can be found here.


The yellow warning for ice, means that drivers need to be extra cautious when driving on untreated roads. Around half the roads in Manchester are gritted regularly, mainly in busy areas such as outside hospitals, schools and the airport. Motorists can check which roads have been treated via the Manchester City Council website tracker.

Trains, Metrolink trams buses in Greater Manchester

All trams on Manchester’s Metrolink services are running without disruptions, according to the Transport for Greater Manchester website, as are the bus services. All travel warnings in Greater Manchester can be found on the Live Updates page of the TfGM website.

Rail services from several operators are currently experiencing disruptions. Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, Northern, TransPennine Express, and Transport for Wales are all reporting minor disruptions, and there are major delays on East Midlands services. More information can be found on the National Rail website.

And for the latest from Manchester Airport see here.