Earliest severe winter weather in decades across Europe

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Earliest severe winter weather in decades 
across Europe


5,000 cars stranded by heavy snow
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18 Nov 07 - Cold air descended across Europe this week prompting many ski resorts across Norway, Austria and Switzerland to open early. 

Snow has been falling continuously across Austria - its earliest arrival of severe winter weather in decades.

On Thursday night, up to 50cm (20 inches) of heavy snow stranded thousands of drivers (some 5,000 cars) on a highway outside Vienna. .

St Antonien and Braunwald, Switzerland, received 64cm (25inches) and 72cm (28inches) of snow respectively last week. 

Switzerland has not seen such a strong start to its winter ski season in over 50 years.

The cold air spread across parts of France, Germany and Spain, reaching as far south as the Balearics. Majorca reported up to 15cm (6 inches) of snow on surrounding peaks.

In the UK, the Met Office issued a warning of heavy snow for the Pennine and Peak districts. And other areas may get to see some snow by day's end.


See entire article by Steph Ball
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/news/18112007news.shtml


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