For western Europe swept series harsh winter snowstorms, causing thousands of passengers at the main international airport London Heathrow were forced to abandon his trip due to cancellation of hundreds of flights, while in Spain, Portugal and France, killing several people.
Late and delayed work major rail lines in Europe. Many flights were canceled due to the steady cold weather. The railway is unlikely to settle down in the coming days. Gatwick and Stansted airports yet manage to keep a familiar workload. At airports in France, particularly in Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, is expected to decrease crashes by 40%.
On icy roads in France there were some terrible accidents, one fatal, which killed three soldiers. Hurrying to join the units fighting in Mali. Three more people were killed in another accident on a snowy road. In the mountainous part of the country fell a record amount of snow that has suspended the activities of some of the mountain passes, and tourist resorts. Intense snowfall occurred in Austria, which the country has not seen in 10 years.
In Northern Ireland, due to snowfall at least 900 homes were without electricity. Because of the symptoms of severe winter in Spain in several deaths, when a strong gust of wind brought them down a wall in Cartagena. Also in Spain stopped train traffic speed railway linking Madrid and Seville to Valencia. Throughout the weekend in this part of the continent there were warning of danger, both on land and at sea, where the Mediterranean winds of speeds up to 100 km / h
Heavy snow and accompanying squally wind caused the death of an elderly Portuguese municipality of Abrantes. The man was not able to withstand the elements and was thrown rush the door of the building and received a head injury that is incompatible with life. Besides two teenagers were hospitalized after a house in Agualva, a suburb of Lisbon, they were attacked chimney. In 6 of the 18 regions of Portugal declared the highest code of danger, as in the last three days in the country, there have been about 3,900 incidents of bad weather.