An early blast of wintry weather is continuing to cause problems across parts of Europe. Germany was among the hardest hit countries with heavy snowfalls causing accidents which left several people dead. The airport at Dusseldorf was closed for a time and numerous flights across the country were cancelled. Trains services were also affected and road transport fared no better. People were stranded in vehicles for many hours on a number of main roads.
The electricity supply to several areas was cut and power is unlikely to be restored to some communities before Monday. There were similar conditions in the UK. The military was called in to rescue hundreds of motorists stuck on snow-blocked roads in the southwest of England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were also affected. Forecasters say in some places the cold snap could last until the middle of next week.