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Avalanches and stranded flights: Europe prepares for snowier weather

Blizzards across Poland caused widespread traffic disruption and triggered avalanche warnings.

The Polish Institute of Meteorology issued a nationwide weather warning on Sunday, as the cold front “Brygida” brought snow and strong winds to many major regions.

In the Polish region of Kopa Kondracka, volunteer mountain rescuers managed to rescue three people buried in an avalanche.

They brought back a man and his 11-year-old son and a woman partially buried in an avalanche near Szpiglasowa Przełęcz.

London airports blocked by snow

A yellow weather warning remains in place for the South West of England, London and Scotland, and travel disruption is expected to continue at least until morning today. Trains were delayed and vehicle drivers were told to be extra careful after several accidents on the motorways.

Last night Stansted Airport’s only runway was closed to allow for snow clearing. Yesterday at Heathrow, more than 50 flights were canceled due to fog. The wave of bad weather is expected to last several days.

More snow expected

Snow conditions are expected to continue in other European countries. In Puy-de-Dôme in central France, the first snowfalls have been recorded and in Scandinavian countries temperatures are expected to reach up to -23 degrees Celsius.

The cold weather represents a significant stress test for Europe’s energy infrastructure after several governments warned of possible power outages over the coming winter months.

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euronews Gt

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