Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Airports closed as Europe shivers in fresh snowfalls

Geneva airport closed last night and won't open before at least 2 p.m. local time after snow covered the city and region.

More heavy snowfalls forced the closure of some of Europe's busiest airports and chaos on the roads Wednesday as forecasters warned there would be no let-up in the freezing temperatures until next week.

"We've had an incredible quantity of snow and it's still falling," said airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli, who asked passengers with flights before 2 p.m. not to travel to the airport
London's Gatwick Airport, Europe's eighth busiest passenger air hub, was shut until at least 0600 GMT Thursday as staff worked to clear the two runways. Edinburgh Airport, Scotland's busiest, was also shut due to heavy snow showers

Snow, the first fall of it this season, greeted Londoners on Tuesday.

Coldest in Trondheim, Norway, in 222 years

Stockholm experiences its coldest seasonal temperatures for over 100 years this week, according to the Swedish Meteorological Institute (SMHI).

Amongst the Lowest in U.K: Altnaharra -21c, Aviemore -17c, Tulloch Bridge -13c, Glasgow -7c, dinburgh -6c, Manchester -3c and London -2c.
Amongst the Lowest in Germany: Brocken -17c, Oschatz -12c, Leipzig -11c and Hamburg -7c.
Lowest in Norway: Roros -30c and Oslo -16c.
Lowest in Sweden Linkoping -25c and Stockholm -20c.

Lowest in U.S: Fort Yukon -41c, Fairbanks -33c, Mobridge Muni Arpt (Dakota) -17c, Milford -15c and Buffalo and Rapid City -14c.

Link for superb pics:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/essex/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_9247000/9247278.stm



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