Heavy snowfall and subzero temperature causes travel chaos across Europe

Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017

europe-sub-zeroSub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall in Europe are being blamed for several deaths in a number of countries, including Poland, Italy and Belgium.

 

This extreme temperature has caused major disruptions to power, water supplies and transport networks in recent days.

 

Temperatures as low as -26°C caused ice to form on the Adriatic Sea, the Danube and many smaller rivers, lakes and ponds.

 

At least 10 people have died of the cold in Poland in recent days, with temperatures plummeting below -20°C on Saturday.

 

Planes have been grounded and ferry services disrupted in several places across the continent. Heavy snow in Istanbul forced Turkish Airlines to cancel more than 650 flights. The Bosphorus Strait was also closed and ferries stopped completely.

 

Parts of Southern Italy were buried under a metre snow and schools were advised not to open on Monday, while in Rome, the fountains in St. Peter’s Square froze over.

 

It has also been the coldest Orthodox Christmas in Russia for 120 years, with thermometers reading -30°C overnight in Moscow, and -24°C in St. Petersburg.

 

Aid workers in Serbia helped hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in parks and makeshift shelters, and the authorities banned river traffic on the Danube because of the conditions.

 

Cold conditions are expected to hit the UK towards the end of this week, with snow a possibility across most of the country at some point. The wintry weather was expected to start in the north and spread southwards.

 

Steven Keates from the Met Office said that, some parts of UK could see “some pretty significant snow”.

 

In northern Europe, where residents are accustomed to sub-zero temperatures and snowy winters, Danish police warned about icy and slippery roads after dozens of minor traffic accidents.

 

 

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

arrow2Follow TTW
 
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  stumbleupon-logo   rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 02 WTM London 2018
  • 03 imexamerica 2018
  • 03 ITB Asia 2018
  • 09 ttfotm 2018
  • 10 Astana leisure 2018
  • 11 lodgingconference 18
  • 11 ttgincontri 2018
  • 12 plannersxtraordinaire 2018
  • 13 aite 2018
  • 13 bitf 2018
  • 14 Global Wellness Summit 2018
  • 14 SATTE 2019
  • 14 traveltechme 2018
  • 18 hospitalityqatar 18
  • 18 Hotel Management Asia Summit 2018
  • 19 bricsaconsulting 2018
  • 20 CITE_TTW 2018
  • 20 sahicsouthamerica 2018
  • 30 PATA

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EVENTS

Get our toolbar!
Review www.travelandtourworld.com on alexa.com