Further snowfalls in the UK and northern France have caused more travel chaos. In Brighton the bus service was severely disrupted, and many trains were not running. Brighton beach was completely covered in snow – a rare sight for this seaside resort.
As the UK’s grit and salt stocks run low, councils have been asked to minimise gritting, resulting in treacherous conditions for motorists and short tempers as drivers question why the UK is running out of salt.
In West Lothian, in Scotland, two drivers apparently thought it would be a good idea to drive down the frozen Union Canal. They escaped unharmed but were charged by the police.
In Paris, ice breakers have been brought in to keep the city’s canals from freezing solid, as the big chill shows little sign of relenting.
There was no such relief at Charles de Gaulle airport however, where 40% of this morning’s flights were cancelled, leaving passengers stranded and unsure when they would be able to complete their journeys. Air France said it had cancelled 75% of its European flights out of Charles de Gaulle.
In Strasbourg, the situation was clearer. The airport was completely closed.