Snow in Europe: Icy blizzards stall transport networks

Snow plough removes snow next to an EasyJet aircraft during a temporary closure at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, 1 March 2018Image copyright
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A snow plough removes snow next to an EasyJet aircraft at Cointrin Airport in Geneva, Switzerland

Fresh heavy snowfalls lashing Europe have caused transport delays, with the deep freeze expected to continue.

The airport in the Swiss city of Geneva has been forced to shut down temporarily and snow ploughs have been attempting to clear the runway.

Large parts of the Continent continue to shiver in the grip of a Siberian weather system that has brought the coldest temperatures for several years.

The cold snap has been given various nicknames in different countries.

In Britain it is “the Beast from the East” – with Storm Emma close behind – while the Dutch are calling it the “Siberian bear” and Swedes the “snow cannon”.

Media captionHow to keep warm? Tips from cold countries

Icy blizzards have seen trains cancelled and roads come to a standstill.

About 2,000 drivers were stranded on a motorway near the French city of Montpellier, with some complaining of being stuck for as long 24 hours.

Media captionFive handy winter driving tips

Meanwhile, dozens of people have been reported dead across the continent – including 21 in Poland, according to AFP news agency.

Many are believed to have been rough sleepers.

The cold spell has spread as far south as the Mediterranean and to the far north-west, where Ireland is prepared for what is predicted to be its heaviest snowfall in decades.

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The Italian city of Florence is feeling the cold

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Sand dunes in La Teste-de-Buch, in normally balmy south-west France, have been partially covered in snow

But the weather has also brought sporting opportunities, including skating and sledding as well as from skiing on city streets in Britain and France.

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Children play ice hockey with wooden sticks on an icy patch by the frozen shore of the Lake of Neuchatel, in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

Media captionBBC Weather explains why we have seen temperatures plummet

Snow in Europe: Icy blizzards stall transport networks

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