Record Blizzard Cripples Britain

Chaos on highways, at airports amid White Nightmare
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2009 1:59 AM CST
London's Big Ben in the midst of one of the heaviest snowstorms in years.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)
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(Newser) – One of the heaviest snowstorms in 20 years has covered much of England with a thick blanket of white, wreaking havoc with transportation. London is at a virtual standstill with all city buses withdrawn from service because of driving conditions, schools shut down and several flights canceled at  Heathrow and Gatwick airports, reports the BBC. An extreme weather warning has been issued for England, Wales and parts of eastern Scotland.

Forecasters were predicting as much as 12 inches of snow through tomorrow, reports the Independent. Winds from Siberia were hitting speeds of 40 mph, making already frigid temperatures more miserable. "If your journey is not essential I would strongly advise you don't make it," warned an official.