World: UK, France, Germany hit with snow and ice
Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe today, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.
Snow also covered parts of Switzerland and southwestern Germany, and more than 20 centimetres of snow has fallen in higher parts of Germany’s Black Forest.
Many motorists in Britain were forced to abandon their cars or were trapped in vehicles for hours after becoming snowed in.
Parts of northern England saw 11 centimetres of snow. Western Power Distribution said 36,000 customers were without power, and another 69,000 had short interruptions to supplies.
Staff worked through the night to reconnect customers, but thousands in the East Midlands region were still affected.
Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and Leeds Bradford International closed late yesterday as workers cleared snow from the runways. The airports have since reopened.
British weather forecasts predict more snow showers, mainly in the north, though the main threat would be ice on roads.
Traffic jams snarled many of France’s major highways today, with more than three-quarters of the country under severe weather watch.
Parts of Germany’s south and west saw more than 10 centimeters (4 inches) of fresh snow, helping some ski areas, which had been struggling. (Canada Broadcasting Corporation)