Heavy snow has been causing travel chaos across England and Wales, affecting trains, planes and automobiles. Runways at Stansted, Luton, Cardiff and Birmingham were closed as airport workers rushed to clear thick blankets of snow, even as it continued to fall. Gatwick and Bristol were briefly shut and Heathrow has cancelled 26 flights.
The roads were no better, as rush-hour traffic ground to a standstill. Cancellations and delays also hit rail networks. Schoolchildren were among the happy ones as their lessons were called off. A similar situation in the north of mainland Europe, with the first snowfall of the year in Belgium forming layers of around 10 centimeters. Forecasters say the snow will turn to rain during the day, but sub-zero overnight temperatures will create dangerous icy conditions on tomorrow’s roads.