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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 December 2005, 16:49 GMT
In pictures: Cold snap in Europe

Snow on a statue at Sforza Castle, Milan

Parts of Europe are in the grip of an icy snap stretching from Britain to Italy, where Milan's Sforza Castle is cloaked in snow.

People walk on the snow in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

While residents and tourists strolled through the snow in Paris, thousands of motorists were trapped overnight on a snowbound motorway in northern France.

North Yorkshire Moors steam train runs through the snow

There were also travel problems in Britain - though the steam-operated North Yorkshire Moors Railway managed to keep to its timetable.

Heavy snowfall on roads in Kent, south-east England

Eastern England was worst hit. Drivers faced difficult conditions in Ashford, in Kent, after another night of snow.

Fresh snowfall in Ennetmoos, Switzerland

Children played in fresh snow in Ennetmoos, Canton Nidwalden, Switzerland.

Tourists walk on the snowy pier in the German Baltic Sea resort of Timmendorfer Strand

In Germany, flights were held up by heavy snow - though in the Baltic resort of Timmendorfer Strand, it made for a picturesque walk on the pier.

Snow at Berlin's Holocaust Memorial

In Berlin, a blanket of snow had a dramatic effect on the Holocaust Memorial.

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