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Snow brings pleasure and pain to Northern Europe

Snow brings pleasure and pain to Northern Europe
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Heavy snow has been causing problems across swathes of Northern Europe.

Parts of the UK have seen up to 35 centimetres of the white stuff, with the country’s earliest snow fall for 17 years.

Motorists in Northern England have been caught in long queues as plunging temperatures bring inconvenience for hundreds of thousands of commuters.

One hospital worker said “the girls at work are starting to struggle to get in. We have been asked to take in overnight clothes if you are on night shift because you might not get home the next day.”

In France too the winter weather has been a shock, causing difficult driving conditions and surprising locals in the northern town of Cherbourg

“I’ve lived here for 30 years,” remarked one man. “This is first time we have seen snow before December.”

The snow might be bad news for drivers in France and the UK but children in Germany are not complaining.

Sledges have come out early in The Harz, the highest mountain range in the north of the country, and the fun could last for a while.

Heavy snowfall and icy conditions are predicted to continue over the coming weeks.