Snow, ice storm in Bri­tain snarls travel in Europe

Dayton Daily News - - OBITUARIES - By Gre­gory Katz As­so­ci­ated Press

LONDON — The Christ­mas travel sea­son turned an­gry and chaotic Mon­day as Bri­tish of­fi­cials strug­gled to clear snow and ice that par­a­lyzed rail and air links and spawned can­cel­la­tions and de­lays strand­ing thou­sands around the world.

More than 48 hours af­ter Bri­tain’s last snow­fall, some fu­ri­ous pas­sen­gers with board­ing passes for Mon­day flights were not even al­lowed into London’s Heathrow Air­port. In­side, piles of garbage grew and some peo­ple slept on ter­mi­nal floors.

Other trav­el­ers waited in the cold for up to six hours to get in­side London’s St. Pan­cras train sta­tion, where they had to wait still longer for Eurostar trains to main­land Europe.

Cha­grined Bri­tish of­fi­cials promised an in­quiry into the fail­ure to clear the rem­nants of a storm that dumped five inches over parts of Eng­land Satur­day morn­ing. Other Euro­pean air­ports re­bounded from week­end snow­fall and re­sumed close to nor­mal flight sched­ules by Mon­day.

“It can’t be be­yond the wit of man surely to find the shov­els, the dig­gers, the snow­plows or what­ever it takes to clear the snow out from un­der the planes, to get the planes mov­ing and to have more than one run­way go­ing,” London Mayor Boris John­son said as Bri­tish Air­ways can­celed its Mon­day short-haul sched­ule from Heathrow.

Fore­cast­ers have said Bri­tain is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of the most se­vere win­ter weather in a cen­tury, with con­tin­ued freez­ing tem­per­a­tures and snow­fall ac­cu­mu­la­tions ex­pected Mon­day af­ter­noon and evening. Ex­perts said the ex­treme weather may be re­lat­ed­to­cli­mat­e­change­due toglob­al­warm­ing.

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