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Tuesday, 18 December, 2001, 11:23 GMT
In pictures: Frozen Europe
A bitter winter chill and heavy snowfalls caused chaos in Europe, with temperatures plunging as low as -30C (-22F) in some areas.

An ice covered sailing boat lies in the harbour of Versoix, near Geneva
Arctic winds and Siberian temperatures transformed yachts on Lake Geneva into ice sculptures

An Olympic Aviation and an Alitalia airplane are stuck in the snow at the airport in the northern port of Thessaloniki
In northern Greece, more than 500 villages were completely snowed in and airports had to be shut down

Passengers trying to pull their car from snow on the road from the Black Sea port of Varna
Two days of heavy snowfall and high winds blocked hundreds of village roads across Bulgaria

A woman walks on a snow-covered road near the capital of Macedonia - Skopje
Residents in neighbouring Macedonia were preparing for a rare White Christmas

San Marco pier in Venice
Venice's famous gondolas lay unused

Franciscan brother Michael opens the hatch window of his attic room of the Saint Anna Cloisters in Munich to view the snow-pattern tiles.
Munich was transformed overnight into a white city

Children free an outdoor chess board from snow in Budapest, Hungary
An outdoor chess table was used for a different kind of play in Budapest

Stranded vehicles on the outskirts of Barcelona
Hundreds of motorists abandoned vehicles in north-east Spain - and some were trapped inside

A local man fishes on the ice of the frozen Pancharevo lake outside Sofia in Bulgaria
Even the Black Sea near the Bulgarian coast started freezing

See also:

07 Nov 01 | Health
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04 Nov 99 | Sci/Tech
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18 Mar 99 | Health
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06 Sep 01 | Glasgow 2001
Big freeze for Britain?
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