Heavy Snow Cripples Europe

Heavy snow blanketed Paris – a rarity that has occurred several times in recent weeks in an unusually cold winter. A quarter of flights were canceled at Charles de Gaulle airport until at least 16:00 local time.
London’s Heathrow Airport was not accepting any arrivals on Sunday and was allowing only a handful of departures after snow and ice forced the closure of runways, but was preparing for a full reopening on Monday, a statement on its website said.

“We are extremely sorry for the disruption,” the statement said, urging passengers to check with their airline before traveling to the airport.

Several hundred workers were doing their best “to keep passengers in the terminal as warm and as comfortable as possible while we do everything we can to get Heathrow moving.”
Ireland was battered by its worst snow in decades Saturday, but airports in Belfast and Dublin remained open though warning on their websites of cancellations and delays.

Significant numbers of domestic and European flights were cancelled on Saturday at Germany’s Frankfurt airport as it dealt with the disruption. Airports in Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark also reported cancellations or delays to flights on Saturday.
Horse racing meetings and dozens of soccer games in England and Scotland were called off as a result of the conditions, including a high profile match scheduled for Sunday in London between Chelsea and Manchester United.