A massive late season snowstorm which hammered a region stretching from Germany through the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern France and Southeast England may go down in the history books as one of the worst in March as hundreds become stranded on the roads, rail and airports.
Hundreds of thousands lost power in Northern France with Paris all but grinding to a halt. The winter storm which struck is something this region has not seen in years never mind in March. It's said that the hard-hit Channel Islands just off the North Coast of France, endured it's worst winter storm since 1987 while reports on twitter suggested this was Northern France's worst snowstorm in some 40 years with upwards of 50cm or nearly 2 FEET of snow accumulating.
The event was considered 'remarkable for the season' according to Meteo France.In atrocious near blizzard conditions, motorists on both the French and English side of the Channel spent last night stranded in their cars, heavy snow coupled with 40-50 mph winds built up metre-high snow drifts. According to Reuters, in the Normandy and Brittany areas of Northern and Northwest France, as many as 2,000 people were trapped in cars or spent the night in emergency shelters.
As many as 80,000 lost power The Eurotunnel shut down while the city of Paris all but grinded to a halt. In terms of surprise, this storm was well monitored and expected to be significant across Northern France and somewhere along the South Coast of Britain. I first alluded to a 'snowstorm potential' way back last Saturday as I stated that 'some sort of surface low' could develop beneath the upper low as bitterly cold air swept down from an unusually cold Scandinavia.
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