|Snowfall forces airport closure|
|Thursday, 02 December 2010 19:53|
Temperatures dropped to as low as minus 18 degrees Celsius (minus 0,4 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of Germany, while driving rain in Italy triggered the collapse of two Roman walls in Pompeii and flooding in Venice.
Britain, shivering in the earliest widespread snowfalls of winter since 1993, was one of the countries worst affected with two of its major transport hubs scrapping all flights.
LondonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gatwick Air-port, EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eighth busiest passenger air hub, was shut until at least 0600 GMT today as staff worked to clear the two runways. Edinburgh Airport, Scot-landÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s busiest, was also shut due to heavy snow showers. A spokeswoman for Gatwick said they had about six inches (15 centimetres) of snow to clear. Ã¢â‚¬â€ AFP.