Europe skating on thin ice
FLIGHTS were cancelled, road and rail transport disrupted and schools closed as Europe continued to shiver through the ‘Beast from the East’ cold front.
The Siberian weather system has brought the coldest temperatures for years to many regions and is expected to maintain its icy grip for much of the week to come. Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, also looks poised to meet the Beast from the East’s chilly Russia air, causing further widespread snowfall and bitter temperatures.
In Britain, parts of the east saw up to 10cm of snow and the weather service said temperatures could fall towards -10C in some rural areas.
Snow also fell in parts of London’s Westminster and a blizzard briefly swept through the Canary Wharf financial district.
In Scotland, motorists on the M80 near Glasgow reported being stuck for up to 13 hours, with some spending the night in their cars. “If you don’t have to go anywhere over the next few days, stay at home,” Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge warned.
Ice skaters on natural ice at the Dutch 'Zaanse Schans' near Zaandam. Picture: AFP