Germany's number three airport closed for snow
Heavy snowfall Sunday closed Germany's third largest airport in the western city of Duesseldorf, authorities said, as wintery conditions gripped northern Europe.Berlin - Heavy snowfall Sunday closed Germany's third largest airport in the western city of Duesseldorf, authorities said, as wintery conditions gripped northern Europe.
"Since 9:15, it has been impossible for planes to take off or land at the airport," the airport's website said.
It said that as further snow was forecast, it was unclear when the key regional hub could re-open.
Amid heavy pre-Christmas travel, about 100 inbound planes were re-routed to different airports, while around 100 departures were cancelled and further outbound flights were delayed.
The website offered stricken passengers an information hotline.
Meanwhile a 46-year-old homeless man froze to death overnight in the southwestern city of Mannheim while sleeping on the bare pavement exposed to sub-zero temperatures, police said.
Authorities reported hundreds of car accidents throughout the country, including two women killed in separate collisions in the north due to icy conditions.
Meteorologists forecast snow throughout Germany Monday but warmer temperatures later in the week.