Rare Winter Storm Shuts Down London

By: Meteorologist Aaron Blaser Email
By: Meteorologist Aaron Blaser Email

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Business has ground to a halt in London, which is dealing with its worst snowstorm in 18 years.

The rare snowfall has virtually shut down the city's public transportation system and stranding cars on roadways. Residents who are going to work are walking through the streets after more than eight inches of snow fell on Sunday and Monday.

Many shops, schools and courts are closed. The snow has also caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled at Heathrow airport.

Eight inches may not sound like much, but heavy snows in England are uncommon. London's mayor says the city doesn't own any snow plows and the city doesn't have the infrastructure built for constant snow. Parts of southern England has seen almost a foot of snow.

Heavy snow also blanketed parts of neighboring France, where traffic around Paris were backed-up for miles. The snowfall disrupted air travel out of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, with Air France-KLM cancelling 30 domestic and European flights out of the airport,
one of Europe's busiest.

France-Info radio reported delays of up to two hours on many flights leaving from Charles de Gaulle.

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