Heavy snow disrupts transport in northern France

2nd February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Flights were either delayed or cancelled while commuters face long tailbacks on routes into the capital.

PARIS – Heavy snow disrupted transport across northern France on Monday, delaying flights out of Paris airports and causing accidents and long tailbacks on routes into the capital.

State forecaster Meteo France said the quantities of snow were not unusual for the season, but warned that it could be followed by freezing rain that would cause dangerous black ice on roads.

Civil aviation authorities said flights into and out of Paris's Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports were suffering an average of half an hour delay. One of Orly's two runways was closed, and the other opened two hours late.

Air France cancelled around 30 short and medium haul flights from Charles de Gaulle between 7:00am (0600 GMT) and 10:00am, but said long haul routes had not been troubled.

France's road traffic agency urged motorists to cancel non-essential journeys, with roads difficult and in a small number of some cases impassable around Paris and in the east near Strasbourg.

Commuters arriving in the capital from outlying suburbs reported train delays and cancellations.

The effects of the latest snowfall were concentrated in northern France, but in the southwest around 14,700 homes were still without electricity one week after a storm ripped through the region.

[AFP / Expatica]

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