Europe skat­ing on thin ice

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

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

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