Big Freeze Kills 90 in Europe

Winter weather causes chaos from Scandinavia to Italy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2009 2:29 AM CST
Icicles hang from chain links over the river Rhine with Cologne cathedral in background.   (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil)
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(Newser) – A fierce blast of winter has brought travel chaos to much of Europe and is being blamed for at least 90 deaths. The cold snap left tens of thousands of travelers stranded as airports in Britain and Germany were forced to reduce schedules, the BBC reports. Trains are moving through the Channel Tunnel again but Eurostar execs say a normal service won't resume until after Christmas, dashing many travelers' hopes for the holiday.

Heavy snow has brought Milan to a standstill and Venetians have been warned that approaching winds will cause an exceptionally high tide likely to flood most of the city. Dozens of people have frozen to death in Poland and the public has been told to alert police if they see any homeless or drunk people sleeping outside. The cold weather is expected to continue disrupting travel by road, rail, and air for at least one more day,

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