Authorities warned on Sunday of a high risk of avalanches after a snow storm blanketed Southern and Central Europe Saturday, killing at least five people and trapping hundreds.
Southern Germany and Austria have seen the greatest amounts of snow from this most recent winter storm referred to as André in Europe. Greece, Turkey and Italy, as well as many other Mediterranean nations, have also been blanketed.
Icy conditions led to multiple crashes in numerous locales throughout the region.
Thousands of flights were cancelled over the weekend, according to Flight Aware. The worst impacted airports include Munich, Germany and Innsbruck and Zurick, in Austria.
Many train services in the region were also cancelled.
Some ski resorts have reported up to 7 feet of snow in higher elevations, which has forced closures.
The heavy snow is the result of cold Arctic air descending deep into Europe, a result of a disrupted jet stream which is likely attributed to the low solar output we’re currently experiencing (click here for more on that).
This ‘buckling’ of the jet stream has dragged cold weather much further south to normally milder regions such as Turkey, Southern Italy and Greece.
This most recent cold comes just a week after wintry weather brought central Europe its coldest Christmas in 120 years.
Yet more icy conditions are on the way, forecast to spread into eastern and western Europe too, as the impacts from the ongoing SSW develop.
The cold times are upon us.
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