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#8- Frigid and deadly winter in Europe


Staff writers
December 23, 2012 — The Weather Network counts down the 10 biggest weather stories of 2012. #8- Frigid and deadly winter in Europe.


The cold spell started in late January, and continued for two weeks
The cold spell started in late January, and continued for two weeks

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV at 8 pm ET tonight to find out what landed in the #7 spot. 

Cold is the best way to describe Europe's winter of 2011/2012. But it was more than just an extended deep-freeze, it was deadly as well.

In Poland, Romania, Serbia and the Ukraine, hundreds of people died this winter. 

Most from either exposure to the extreme cold, or from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty or makeshift heating. 

In all, there were more than 800 weather-related deaths. 

The cold spell started in late January, and continued for two weeks after unusually mild weather earlier that month.

Temperatures nearing minus 40 degrees were recorded in parts of Scandinavia. The Baltic states were locked in a deep-freeze as well. 

The extreme cold wasn't the only issue. Powerful winter storms covered some areas in a deep blanket of snow. 

Parts of the Balkan region saw 9 metres in just a few weeks. There was even snow on the Mediterranean coast of southern France. 

A storm that buried Corsica under 40 cm of snow, also cut power to 14,000 homes on the island. 

Wintery weather was felt as far as north Africa. Including Algeria, where snow covered the ground across much of the country, and remarkably in parts of the Sahara Desert.

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