Significant Winter Storm Continues Across Parts of Europe


Swaths of northern Europe were in the grip of snow, ice and high winds Tuesday, causing serious disruption to road, rail and air travelers.

High-speed train operator Eurostar, which runs services linking Paris, Brussels and London, among other destinations, has canceled the rest of its services Tuesday and told passengers to stay at home.

"Severe weather conditions overnight in Northern France and Belgium have led to the closure of the high speed line," a notice on the company's website said.

"Passengers will not be able to travel on Eurostar services today and should not come to our stations."

About 10,000 passengers are likely to be affected as a result of the cancellation of around 24 out of 27 scheduled trains Tuesday, Eurostar spokeswoman Lucy Drake said.

The bad weather may also affect services Wednesday, she said, with further cancellations or extended journey times possible

Passengers affected by the disruption will be offered exchanges or refunds, Drake said, and are urged to consider traveling next week if possible.

Air travel has also been hit, with Germany's Frankfurt airport -- a major European hub -- canceling all flights for several hours as it seeks to clear its four runways.

Some 355 flights have been canceled so far, according to Dieter Hulick, a spokesman for Frankfurt airport.

He told CNN the top priority was safety. "It is snowing so strongly that although the snow is being plowed away, it piles up again immediately afterward," he said.

One runway was reopened as of 1:30 p.m. local ( 8:30 a.m. ET) for isolated take-offs, Hulick said.

In total, 1,238 flights were scheduled to go through Frankfurt Tuesday.
The city has received 12 centimeters (4.7 inches) of snow in the past 12 hours, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

Meanwhile, the official Twitter feed for the two main airports in Paris warned that travel disruptions in the French capital were making access to the airports difficult. However, train and bus services were starting to get back to normal in the afternoon, it said.

A quarter of flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle and one in five flights from Paris-Orly were canceled Tuesday in anticipation of the heavy snowfall, the two airports said Monday. Travelers were advised to check on their flight's status before heading to the airport.

The wintry blast also caused problems for motorists in southeast England, with some trapped in their vehicles overnight by accidents and road closures on icy highways in Kent and Sussex

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