Four dead as ice storms grip southern Germany

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1 February 2005, HAMBURG - Wind-driven snow and sleet coated southern Germany in a sheet of treacherous ice on Tuesday, snarling rail and highway traffic and resulting in at least four deaths and scores of injuries. Rail service nationwide was hampered by storm-related delays in the south. Passengers were stranded on high-speed trains between Frankfurt and Munich. Munich International Airport was blanketed in snow, prompting cancellation of dozens of flights. Elsewhere in Bavaria and in neighbouring Saxony

1 February 2005

HAMBURG - Wind-driven snow and sleet coated southern Germany in a sheet of treacherous ice on Tuesday, snarling rail and highway traffic and resulting in at least four deaths and scores of injuries.

Rail service nationwide was hampered by storm-related delays in the south. Passengers were stranded on high-speed trains between Frankfurt and Munich.

Munich International Airport was blanketed in snow, prompting cancellation of dozens of flights.

Elsewhere in Bavaria and in neighbouring Saxony, marooned motorists were trapped in their vehicles for hours on Tuesday when motorways became impassable because of drifting snow.

Ice was the main problem in the Rhine and Main river valleys, with major autobahns around Frankfurt converted into veritable skating rinks, causing multiple pile-ups.

Meteorologists warned the bad weather would move northward to engulf the rest of Germany during the course of the afternoon and evening.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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