Snow, Cold Paralyze Europe
19 die as travel disruptions plague continent
By Jen Paton,  Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2009 2:56 AM CST
A pair of Shetland ponies forage for food at Anfield Plain, England. Swathes of Europe have been affected by a cold snap and snow, causing widespread travel disruptions.   (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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(Newser) – Blizzards and plunging temperatures have killed at least 19 people in Europe, and snarled air, rail, and road transportation, stranding thousands. At least 15 people froze to death in Poland, while others have died in car accidents caused by icy roads. Some 40% of flights out of Paris have been cancelled as a second wave of snowstorms hits northern France, and all three major airports in Belgium have been closed, reports the BBC.

Eurostar services are still suspended after 2,000 people were trapped in the Channel Tunnel due to electrical failures triggered by the cold. Temperatures as low as -27 were recorded in Southern Germany.