Europe under a blanket of snow – in pictures

Heavy snowfall and blizzards have lashed Europe as a deep freeze has set in, from the Baltic to the beaches of the Mediterranean. Landmarks including St Mark’s Square in Venice and Nice’s Promenade des Anglais have been covered by an unusual dusting of snow, while Ireland and Britain have been encountering Storm Emma


Snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, have left roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded and schools shut, with weather agencies predicting the biting cold would continue in parts of the region at least until Thursday evening.

The Siberian cold front has been dubbed the “Beast from the East” in Britain, “Siberian bear” by the Dutch, and the “snow cannon” by Swedes.

Eze Village, southern France
Eze Village, southern France Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

France

A snowy view of the village of Eze, southern France. Snowfall has caused travel chaos across France with five departments on meteorological orange alerts (signalling dangerous weather). A light dusting of snow covered northern France but up to 20cm has caused chaos in the south-west.

Snow falls at the port of Brest, Brittany
Snow falls at the port of Brest, Brittany Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images
  • Snow falls at the port of Brest, Brittany, France. Photograph: Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images
At the Eiffel Tower, Paris
At the Eiffel Tower, Paris Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA
  • A monochrome landscape at the Eiffel Tower in the Champ de Mars, Paris.
Nice: snow covers the resort’s Promenade des Anglais and shoreline
Nice: snow covers the resort’s Promenade des Anglais and shoreline Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
Traffic slowdown on the A9 motorway near Montpellier in the south of France
Traffic slowdown on the A9 motorway near Montpellier in the south of France Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images
  • The beach and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and, right, traffic approaching Montpellier.
An aerial view shows the Loire, partially frozen, at Lussault-sur-Loire
An aerial view shows the Loire, partially frozen, at Lussault-sur-Loire Photograph: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images
  • An aerial view shows the Loire, partially frozen, at Lussault-sur-Loire. Photograph: Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images
St Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
St Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy Photograph: Lumina Film Bauer Palace/AP

Italy

St Mark’s Square in Venice. Snowfall has coated Italy’s main cities of Turin, Venice, Milan and Florence, and as far south as Naples. Transport has been affected and so have farmers, who are not generally used to such a late cold spell.

Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy
Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA
The monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Carioli Square, Milan
The monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Carioli Square, Milan Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA
  • In Milan, Castello Sforzesco, and, right, a monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Cairoli Square. Photograhs: Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA
Iced decoration for a palm tree in Duomo Square, Milan
Iced decoration for a palm tree in Duomo Square, Milan Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA
  • Iced decoration for a palm tree in Duomo Square, Milan. Photograh: Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA
Shovel duty at Bredstedt, northern Germany
Shovel duty at Bredstedt, northern Germany Photograph: Frank Molter/AP

Germany

A woman shovels snow in Bredstedt, northern Germany. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing in Germany well into next week as the weather seems to show no signs of changing.

Cold strolls along the Baltic shore at the port of Warnemünde, Germany
Cold strolls along the Baltic shore at the port of Warnemünde, Germany Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images
  • Cold strolls along the Baltic shore at the port of Warnemünde, Germany. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images
A waterfall at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, in Kassel, Germany, becomes a solid feature
A waterfall at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, in Kassel, Germany, becomes a solid feature Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images
  • Hikers admire the view from a bridge above a frozen waterfall at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, in Kassel, Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images
Snow ploughs clear runways at Geneva airport, Switzerland
Snow ploughs clear runways at Geneva airport, Switzerland Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Switzerland

Airport security services operate snow ploughs to clear a runway at Geneva airport. Switzerland may be used to its fair share of snow but Geneva airport was forced to close today after the runways became inaccessible.

Traffic approaching Geneva and Lausanne builds up in all the lanes of the highway
Traffic approaching Geneva and Lausanne builds up in all the lanes of the highway Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA
  • Traffic approaching Geneva and Lausanne builds up in all the lanes of the highway. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA
A snowboarder tries out a low-level technique in Lausanne, Switzerland
A snowboarder tries out a low-level technique in Lausanne, Switzerland Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA
Street furniture provide the jumps
Street furniture provide the jumps Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA
Entertaining the passersby
Entertaining the passersby Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA
  • A snowboarder hones his skills in Lausanne. Photographs: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA
After heavy snowfall in Pamplona, north Spain, skiing is possible in Parque de la Ciudadela
After heavy snowfall in Pamplona, north Spain, skiing is possible in Parque de la Ciudadela Photograph: Jesus Diges/EPA

Spain

Skiing in Parque de la Ciudadela, Pamplona, northern Spain. The polar front has bombarded Spain with heavy rainstorms and snow. A low of -17ºC was recorded in Cap de Vaquèira, Catalonia.

Frosty tonic in Pamplona
Frosty tonic in Pamplona Photograph: Alvaro Barrientos/AP
Snowfall continues in Pamplona
Snowfall continues in Pamplona Photograph: Alvaro Barrientos/AP
  • In Pamplona one pedestrian smiles, while another shelters. Photographs: Alvaro Barrientos/AP
A passageway in Sort, Lleida, Catalonia
A passageway in Sort, Lleida, Catalonia Photograph: Anna Meneses/EPA
  • A butcher carries meat from his van in Sort, Lleida, Catalonia.
Snow flurries add to the fun on a football pitch at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Snow flurries add to the fun on a football pitch at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ireland

Snow flurries add to the fun on a football pitch at Phoenix Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Met Eireann has issued a nationwide red alert for Storm Emma blizzards due to bring blizzard conditions and drifting snow across the country. Up to 40cm of snow was expected in some places.

Elliott Brennan, aged nine, sledges downhill at Phoenix Park, Dublin
Elliott Brennan, aged nine, sledges downhill at Phoenix Park, Dublin Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
Food search for a robin in Dublin
Food search for a robin in Dublin Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
  • Elliott Brennan, aged nine, sledges downhill at Phoenix Park, Dublin, and, right, a robin hunts for food. Photographs: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
A woman and her dog enjoy the snow near Dublin
A woman and her dog enjoy the snow near Dublin Photograph: Niall Carson/PA
  • A Dubliner finds a novel way to walk the dog. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA
Snow casting a mantle over the beach at Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, as Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looked set to meet the chilly Russia air from Russia
Snow casting a mantle over the beach at Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, as Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looked set to meet the chilly Russia air from Russia Photograph: Sixbe Media/PA

UK

Snow casting a mantle over the beach at Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, as Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looked set to meet the chilly Russia air from Russia, causing further widespread snowfall and bitter temperatures. The Met Office issued red alerts for blizzards in Wales and south-west England

Snow flakes soften the landscape at Larbert, near Falkirk, Scotland
Snow flakes soften the landscape at Larbert, near Falkirk, Scotland Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
  • Sledges are out in force in the snowy conditions of Larbert, near Falkirk, Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
Police push a car on the M80, near Haggs in Glasgow.
Police push a car on the M80, near Haggs in Glasgow. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
Poster penguins add to the atmosphere in Princes Street, Edinburgh.
Poster penguins add to the atmosphere in Princes Street, Edinburgh. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

Police push a car on the on the M80, near Haggs, in Glasgow. Right: Andrea Geile skis along Princes Street, Edinburgh.

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