Europe shivers in a wintry white-out

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Europe shivers in a wintry white-out

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Europe has been covered in a blanket of snow as temperatures plunge, the nights draw in and mid-winter gets ever nearer.

Heavy snowfall shut down England’s Newcastle airport was closed for several hours overnight, while scores of flights out of Germany’s Frankfurt Airport were cancelled.

Bad weather also struck the Czech Republic, causing roads to freeze and making for difficult driving conditions.

The wintry showers also struck parts of central and northern France.

This was the scene in Orleans, one hundred and thirty kilometres southwest of Paris.

Forecasters predict more snow and low temperatures are on the way.

While all of those places might be more used to dealing with the white stuff, the same cannot be said the residents of Grenada, Alicante and Murcia.

Southern Spain is normally associated with blue skies and sunshine, even at this time of year.