Snow blanketed much of Germany early this week following heavy snowfall on Sunday and Monday, the German Weather Service reported. The service said that 3.5 billion tons of snow fell in the country on Sunday alone. With the winter blitz continuing, that figure could rise to 6 billion tons by Wednesday.
At Frankfurt’s airport, Germany’s largest, about half of 1,190 planned flights were cancelled on Monday, according to German news agency DPA. In Munich another 200 flights were grounded. Delays affected air traffic at every German airport as crews de-iced planes and snow-removal equipment was used to clear gates.
Icy conditions also shut down a major stretch of highway in northern Germany around Berlin, affecting Monday morning commuters. And a 70-kilometer-long (44 mile) traffic jam formed on the A4 autobahn near the border between the states of Thuringia and Hesse.
Trains didn’t fare much better either, with travelers facing long delays.
In some places ice skaters could be seen cutting figures on ice-covered roads.
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