Unusually severe snowfalls crippled parts of Europe affecting Germany and Austria the most. Schools have closed down, some remote villages were cut off and power supplies and traffic was disrupted in many areas across the region.
The strong cold snap that dumped heavy snow on Europe and plunged the continent in a historic deep freeze is dubbed as the “Beast from the East”.
120 flights at the Frankfurt Airport, 90 at Munich and 159 European flights to and from Amsterdam had to be cancelled. Train operations had to be halted and delayed. Towns in Germany such as the Berchtesgaden in Bavaria was put under a state of emergency due to the severity of the situation.
Heavy snow covered many parts of Europe burying cars and roads in deep snow.
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