London: Snow and freezing temperatures
severely disrupted airports in Germany and Britain and caused
chaos and deaths on roads across Europe Wednesday.
More than 200 flights were cancelled at Frankfurt
airport in Germany, the continent`s third busiest, while
southern German states were blanketed by snow.
Large parts of Poland were covered in thick snow,
causing hundreds of accidents on the roads and at least four
people were killed on snowbound roads in the Czech Republic.
It was so cold in France that electricity network RTE
warned of cuts in the supply as the country looked set to top
record demand levels while 20 percent of high-speed train
services to the hard hit southeast were cancelled.
Switzerland suffered its coldest November night for 45
years as temperatures plunged below minus 30 degrees Celsius
(minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit), according to national weather
Even Spain and Portugal were shivering after snow
fell in the northern half of the Iberian peninsula.
Britain has been taken by surprise by its earliest
widespread snowfall since 1993, forcing hundreds of schools in
Scotland and rural parts of England to close and causing
treacherous conditions on roads and at smaller airports.
Scotland and northeast England had fresh snowfall and
the freezing weather has started moving down England`s east
coast while London had its first sprinkling of snow this
London City Airport, a popular departure point for
business travellers, was forced at one point to suspend all
flights because of snow and ice before resuming with a heavily
Edinburgh, Scotland`s busiest airport, was disrupted
for a second day, but London`s Heathrow, one of the world`s
busiest airports, said all its flights were operating normally.
Britain`s Met Office issued severe weather warnings
for most regions of the country and warned snow was heading
A 53-year-old man was crushed to death when a
recovery truck rolled into two other vehicles in snowy
conditions on a motorway near Doncaster in northern England,
Scotland, on St Andrew`s Day, its national day,
recorded the coldest temperature in Britain overnight Monday
with the mercury plunging to minus 15 degrees Celsius (five
Thousands of schoolchildren had to stay at home in
Scotland for a second day while 42 schools were closed in
picturesque Cornwall in southwest England because of snow.