Europe slows down under heavy snow

Europe slows down under heavy snow
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It is not the snow that is unusual but the huge amount falling.

That is the word in many European countries as the big freeze continues to cause chaos.

12 people are reported to have died overnight in Poland, bringing the weather-related death toll there over the past three days to 30.

Dozens of deaths are being reported across Europe.

29 provinces in Spain are on high alert, with a holiday weekend likely to be ruined for those who had planned to travel.

Heavy snow is reported in many regions where these kinds of conditions are relatively rare, such as Britanny in France.

The UK has also seen record levels of snow in places, with police warning people not to travel unless it is absolutely essential.

Across Europe, schools and businesses have been forced to close and power has been cut in many places. But one man delivering milk in Britain was just one example of dogged determination.

He said: “Anything with a slope down, I don’t go down, because I might not go up again. So I then have to park at the end and then I walk.”

And it is not just the snow. Freezing floodwaters have hit numerous regions, including flood-prone Venice.

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