UK travel chaos as snow and delayed engineering works wreak havoc

–  UK travel chaos as snow and delayed engineering works wreak havoc (RT, Dec 28, 2014):

British commuters who are wearily used to travel and public transport hold-ups found that snow and delayed engineering works on the East Coast mainline meant that many had to abandon their journeys.

A £200 million (US$311 million) engineering project to install overhead power cables on the East Coast mainline just north of King’s Cross, scheduled for Christmas and Boxing Day, has overrun – meaning that trains are being terminated at Finsbury Park, a few miles north, or Peterborough.

The result has been chaos and overcrowding, as Finsbury Park only has four platforms – compared to a dozen at King’s Cross. Other trains have simply been cancelled, meaning the ones that are running are massively overcrowded.

Europe goes in the deep freezer – Germany: Now comes the Winter with power – Snow, ice, high winds and temperatures down to minus 20 degrees

Europe goes in the deep freezer (Ice Age Now, Dec 27, 2014):

Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding potentially thousands of drivers.

Germany – Now comes the Winter with power (Ice Age Now, Dec 27, 2014):

Snow, ice, high winds and temperatures down to minus 20 degrees.

From the English Channel, the cold first moved to Belgium then reached west and south-west Germany early Saturday morning, bringing “much white stuff.”

It snowed in North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg.

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Cars abandoned and 100,000 without power – Vast swathes of Britain hit by snow and ice

Cars abandoned and 100,000 without power – Vast swathes of Britain hit by snow and ice (Ice Age Now, Dec 27, 2014):

Experts fear that this winter could be as deadly as two years ago, when there were an estimated 31,100 more deaths than normal in England and Wales.

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Sleet and snow hit the north of England, the Midlands and Scotland as the Met Office warns that nearly all the UK has been gripped by ice.

More than 100,000 homes were left without power as heavy snow wreaked havoc on electricity cables.

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Snow Brings Traffic To A Standstill In Hessen, Germany

Snow brings traffic to a standstill in Hessen, Germany (Ice Age Now, Dec 12, 2014):

50 km (30 miles) congestion on highways because of snow

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It snowed on Thursday evening only briefly in Hessen, Germany, but the snow affected many motorists.

On the Hessian motorways there were severe traffic delays. As a spokeswoman for the police said, the cars were on Thursday night at times to a total length of 50 kilometers.

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Heavy snowfall in Japan

Heavy snowfall in Japan (Ice Age Now, Dec 4, 2014):

The city of Nayoro was buried in 70 cm (27 inches) of snow, while 46 cm (18 inches) fell in Horokanai and 40 cm (16 inches) in Otaru.

This is according to the Japanese language website Hokkaido Nippon News (posted 12/4/2014).

http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/donai/578119.html

Michigan: Sault Ste. Marie shatters 125-year-old November snowfall record

Sault Ste. Marie shatters 125-year-old November snowfall record (Ice Age Now, Dec 4, 2014):

November’s snowfall of 65.3 inches shattered the all-time record for Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, since official statistics began in 1888.

“In terms of breaking the record,” said Meteorologist Mike Boguth of the National Weather Service in Gaylord, looking at the local numbers. “It was almost by 20 inches.”

The National Weather Service’s official numbers show the previous record for snowfall was 46.8 inches in 1989.

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Waist-deep snow in China – Most severe snowstorm in years

Waist-deep snow in China – Most severe snowstorm in years (Ice Age Now, Dec 4, 2014):

The snow is up to 3 feet (90 cm) deep, leaving residents struggling to open doors.

A blizzard lasting more than 60 hours hit Fuyuan County, a border town in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on Thursday.

Local communities banded together to clear snow from roads, and the county government said a contingency plan is in place to relieve economic stresses due to the snow.

Parts of China resemble Antarctica

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