Heavy snow causes disruption across northwestern Europe
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wintry conditions are causing widespread disruption across parts of northwestern Europe over the past two days. Heavy as well as sub-zero temperatures have resulted in cancellations of hundreds of flights and caused traffic disruptions on major .
Many hundreds of passengers became stranded atin on Tuesday night as the airport closed, with many more flights cancelled yesterday. Tuesday in Paris, at the a quarter of the flights were cancelled. At a landing slid, prompting evacuation of 140 passengers.
Thetrain service which connects , with , and , was suspended after heavy snow. Many drivers stayed in their cars overnight in south Britain.
Maria Fanucchi from thearea of said, "It was a winter wonderland for a day (yesterday [Tuesday]), but now it's melting very fast. The streets are full of a dirty, slushy mix of black snow and water [...] [my] trip to was canceled because the bus company didn't want to risk getting stuck in the snow."
Randy Tahtouh of Berlin said, "it snowed more then usual this year, well the public transport were not functioning properly and some roads were jammed", and "in, there was about 4 inches of snow."
Helena Kristiansson from Brussels said she was stuck on a road for nine hours in 65 kilometers of queues; she tweeted, "Stuck at a road for Brussels closed since 5pm yesterday due to shoulder deep snow.. Really France? Really? #FML #fb".
Belgium had over 1,600 kilometers of traffic jams during the Tuesday morning rush hour, reported the Touring breakdown assistance association, as lying snow on roads made driving difficult. ThePensions Minister struggled to attend the cabinet budget meeting as the snow hit. He said, "The budget won't be simple, but just getting into Brussels to get started is a task of a different order altogether".
, one of the major airports in the , opened on time this morning after heavy snow and ice caused the airport to close for a time yesterday.
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