Snow in Paris and London over the weekend and Monday has seen transport in both cities grind to a halt.
Snow in Paris began falling on Friday night, with a couple of inches rapidly blanketing the French capital and its numerous landmarks.
After a lull on Saturday, the snow in Paris resumed Saturday evening and for parts of Sunday, wiping out forty percent of flights to Paris’ main airports. As of 7 am EST on Monday morning, much of the city was smothered with 4 inches of snow, close to the record of 4.5 inches.
London suffered its own heavy snowfall, with visibility dipping to under a mile at one point on Sunday. Like its French counterpart, the English capital became a traveler’s worst nightmare.
Snow began falling in London on Sunday morning, with Reuters reporting on Monday that the inclement weather had seen twenty percent of flights canceled at London’s Heathrow Airport over the weekend.
London’s Stansted and Gatwick airports confirmed they would operate as usual on Sunday morning but that delays and flight cancellations were likely.
And it’s not just airports feeling the pinch from the snow in Paris and London: On Monday, 100 people had to be rescued from an urban train carriage that became stuck on a track which passes in open air over the Seine river in Paris.
Though the snow in Paris and London has now calmed somewhat, forecasters predict that another weak wave of low pressure could produce further snow showers across southern and eastern England on Tuesday.
On the plus side for Parisians and Londoners, their cities look pretty wonderful right now:
On the downside, someone won’t be getting their Nintendo DS on any time soon:
#snowinparis keeping me from playing the ds. I wish warm, not-muddy snow existed so that i could go buy a bigger sd card.
— Paul Aupetitgendre (@Dante6201) January 21, 2013
Désolé d’entendre que, Paul.