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Big freeze wreaks havoc across Europe

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Big freeze wreaks havoc across Europe


Bitterly cold temperatures and heavy snowfall continue to cause havoc across Europe, with no sign of a let up for the weekend. In France, the south-eastern city of Avignon found itself under 10 to 20 centimetres of snow, toying with those trying to get around.

The big freeze has caused chaos to rail services. Eurostar is once again operating a limited service, headache for passengers.

The UK has been especially badly hit. Temperatures dropped to a jaw jingling minus 21 Celsius in Scotland overnight and the artic conditions have made driving treacherous. Switzerland too has come under the cosh. Earlier authorities were forced to close the Gothard tunnel in the Italian part of the country causing heavy tailbacks.

Despite most of mainland Spain remaining on high alert for fresh snowfall and bitingly low temperatures, torrential rain in southern Andalusia caused severe flooding, particularly in Granada.

Elsewhere in Albania, thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes after floods forced authorities to open the gates of a hydro-electricity dam in the north of the country.

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