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Frankfurt Airport closes amid heavy Europe snow

Staff writers

March 12, 2013 — Heavy snow continues to affect parts of Europe with record traffic jams and several flight delays and cancellations reported.

Dozens of car accidents reported
Dozens of car accidents reported

A late-winter outbreak in Europe has resulted in cold temperatures, heavy snow and travel chaos for parts of France, Germany and the U.K. 

Officials say close to 70,000 customers were without electricity in northern France Tuesday thanks to heavy snow and powerful wind gusts over 100 km/h. 

Hundreds of people were also left trapped in their cars because of the slick and dangerous driving conditions. 

Over 20 regions were put on "orange alert" with prolonged periods of heavy snow expected to last until Wednesday. 

In northern Germany and Poland, up to 20 cm of snow piled up over the weekend, causing major problems on the roads during Monday's morning rush hour. 

Hamburg, Germany picked up around 16 cm, resulting in several school closures across the region. 

The icy conditions and snow covered roads also forced police officials to close the main highway leading into Hamburg Monday afternoon.

Those with air travel plans urged to check flight times
Those with air travel plans urged to check flight times

Slick roads and significant snow were reported in Scotland and northern England as well and the heavy snow caused numerous flight delays at Dublin's Airport. 

Those with air travel plans are urged to check their flight times before heading out as crews struggle to keep the runways clear. 

Germany's Frankfurt Airport was shut down on Tuesday and a quarter of the flights out of Paris were cancelled. 

High speed trains that run in France, Germany and the Netherlands are also at a standstill.

With files from CNN

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