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Snowbound drivers rescued after winter storm chaos recedes

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An abandoned caravan on the South Downs near Brighton.
The last of hundreds of tired and cold drivers were rescued from stranded cars on Tuesday after winter's late revival brought chaos to both sides of the Channel.

Major roads were blocked in southern England, northern France and Belgium, and Eurostar trains were halted by bad weather on the European mainland.

A man was taken in a critically ill condition to St George's hospital in Tooting, south London, after being hit by a telegraph pole that fell in high winds. The 27-year-old suffered head injuries and a cardiac arrest.

Two other people were freed with minor injuries from the debris of fallen trees, and a 19-year-old woman was treated for head injuries after a three-car pile-up on the M23 in Sussex. There were 771 road accidents, but no fatal injuries, in the county, which took the brunt of blizzards with neighbouring Kent on Monday night.

Igloo

The new Mini Ice Age is upon us!

"The CO2 story is over. It has been pointing the world in the wrong direction for too long."

"MIA (Mini Ice Age ) fingerprint now overwhelming," says astrophysicist Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction.com.

"March 10th 1947 was the day of the thaw ending the late snowy cold winter of 1947 in Britain & Europe and there was a giant sunspot group at the centre of the solar disc," says Corbyn.

"This year, three magnetic (22yr) solar cycles later, solar activity has been generally very low and this day marked deep cold " - heralding more snow, on 12th, when snow blizzards hit S/E England (Pic Folkstone) as WeatherAction forecasted in detail 25 days ahead.

"This is further evidence of the inevitable plunge from now into the new Mini-Ice Age we warned of some years ago", said Corbyn just last week (March 10th).

"The CO2 story is over. It has been pointing the world in the wrong direction for too long. The serious implications of the developing MIA to agriculture and the world economy through the next 25 to 35 years must be addressed. "

"Warmists have been fiddling ("selecting") data for years. But whatever they do, even with "new" data, the world is cooling while CO2 continues to rise.

Source: Astrophysicist Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction.com (PDF)

Snowman

Snow in Georgia, USA in March!

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Rain will return Tuesday, but only briefly before moving out Wednesday.

Our weekend brush with snow wasn't much to write home about, but it did break a record for March 3 - but that record previously stood at zero snowfall.

Around here, we got a dusting, but some parts of northern Georgia got an inch of snow, maybe more in the mountains. It all melted pretty quickly.

Tuesday will be warmer, with the high expected to reach about 63, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Rain is expected to return, with showers and thunderstorms before 4 p.m., then showers likely. But the rain should move out by Wednesday, when the day's high will approach the low 50s, with the nighttime low dipping to about 31.

The daytime temps are set to make a return to the 60s headed into the weekend.

Ice Cube

Europe disrupted as snow turns to ice

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Hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a late-winter snowstorm batters northwestern Europe.
Icy roads are disrupting transport as north-western Europe remains in the grip of unseasonable weather.

The snowstorm on Monday and Tuesday, a few days before the official start of spring on March 20, caused widespread travel chaos with the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the suspension of train services including cross-Channel Eurostar trains.

The Eurostar link between London and Paris, the Thalys line between Paris and Brussels and other high-speed connections in northern France resumed running early on Wednesday, though there were delays.

After being forced to close briefly, Frankfurt Airport, Europe's third-busiest, said it expected services to progressively return to normal after 812 flights were cancelled on Tuesday.

France was the worst affected by the snowstorm but Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands also reported major disruptions.

Snowflake Cold

Record 'winter' storm in Europe: 100km/h winds, snowdrifts over 3 metres high and 10,000 motorway drivers stranded in Hungary alone

Tanks have been deployed to reach snowbound motorists in Hungary as cold weather causes transport chaos across central Europe.

T-72 battle tanks trundled along icy roads, while thousands of people waited in cars on the M1 motorway from Budapest to Vienna.

Many had been stuck on the road since Thursday evening.


Snowflake Cold

Worst 'winter' storm in 150 years hits Belarus, country grinds to halt

Here are some photos from Belarus showing the results of the strongest blizzard in at least 150 years (and it's not over yet). And don't forget that it's mid-March right now! Transportation was disrupted, so people had to spend hours in order to get home from work. Also, notice that one of the pictures shows flooded roads. It's Gomel. This city is located in the south of the country, so instead of low temperatures and the blizzard, they got +8C, heavy rains and floods.

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Windsock

Huge storm system brings record snow, flooding and Arctic cold to Spain (in March!)

BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker has more on the recent snowy weather in central and northern parts of Spain.


Ice Cube

Record-breaking cold spell sees rare 8ft-high snowdrifts in Guernsey, one of UK's warmest spots

It describes itself as the warmest corner of the British Isles ... not that you'd know it from this picture. The worst snow storms in 26 years have caused havoc on the Channel Islands this week, leaving drifts up to 8ft deep. The airport on Guernsey had to be shut for two days while more than 15,000 tons of snow were removed from the runway.

The islands caught the same storms that crippled northern France, where shoulder-deep drifts led to Channel Tunnel trains being cancelled and long queues on the M20 as lorries waited for delayed ferries. Although most of the Guernsey and Jersey snow is now melting, weather men predict another cold snap next week.

This picture was taken by Danielle Stonebridge, 21, a Guernsey resident and part- time photographer, of her father Dave, 61.
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Snowy: These pictures were taken by Danielle Stonebridge, 21, of her father Dave, 61
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Igloo

Moscow braces for biggest March snowfall in 50 years


Residents of Moscow are surely used to wintry weather-- but the city is bracing itself for the biggest March snowfall on record in 50 years.

Heavy snowfall started early Wednesday morning, with forecasters predicting that up to 25 centimetres of snow will fall in the next three days.

Local authorities promised to use more than 15,000 snow-ploughs to clean up the roads. The mayor's office urged locals to keep their cars off the roads and use public transport instead.

Temperatures are expected to go below minus 20 degrees Celsius in the next 24 hours. Even for Moscow,known for its harsh climate, the snowfall is unusual this time of the year.

This week, Russians traditionally mark the coming of spring with celebrations.

Igloo

Thousands without electricity in France winter storm

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Cars drive through the snow on March 11, 2013 in Honguemare-Guenouville, northwestern France. More than 68,000 homes were without electricity in France and hundreds of people were trapped in their cars after a winter storm hit with heavy snow.
More than 68,000 homes were without electricity in France and hundreds of people were trapped in their cars after a winter storm hit with heavy snow, officials and weather services said.

An accident near the northern city of Lille involving three cars that skidded in icy conditions on a motorway left 14 people injured, including six firefighters.

Twenty-six regions in northwest and northern France were put on orange alert because of heavy snowfalls, which Meteo France said were "remarkable for the season because of the expected quantity and length of time".

Conditions were forecast to improve early Wednesday.