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By Georgina Bromwich SNOW, ice and frost caused chaos across the island yesterday. Minorca's airport was closed for the best part of five hours until 2pm because of the danger of patches of ice on the runway, with all morning flights cancelled.


By late afternoon, just two aircraft left the island bound for Palma, and one flight departed for Barcelona but airport officials said last night that operations were back to normal and the situation will be assessed again this morning, along with the ferry companies, although maritime services will probably remain suspended.

THE EAST
The eastern part of the island suffered most from the snowfall, with roads closed in Sant Lluis and the main road connecting Ciutadella and Mahon was cut off at Ferreries. Drivers heading to the capital were turned round and sent home.

Local tractors were called in to sweep snow from the main road, while the Civil Guard and Civil Protection officers were out in force.
Within Mahon, some of the town's steep streets were shut off to traffic, but last night only the access to Monte Toro remained closed.
Minorcans haven't witnessed snow since 1985, so for many, the day was one of excitement.
Schools across the island were closed - with the exception of Ciutadella where snowfall was light - meaning the majority of children spent the day perfecting their snowmen building skills.

Few are likely to turn up for class today with all school transport suspended until further notice for safety reasons last night. Many independent shops remained closed for the duration of the day.