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More snow forecast as parts of Europe battle worst snowfall in decades

Parts of Europe have been hit by the worst snowfall in decades, with dozens dead in the last month alone. In Austria, thousands were trapped on a ski resort overnight, while several others escaped an avalanche without injury. More snow is forecast over the weekend, although it is not expected to be as heavy as previously seen. Source link

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Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHeavy snow continues to hit parts of Europe Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut. The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree. The front of a Swiss hotel was hit by an avalanche and a winter storm made roads impassable in Sweden and Norway. Austrian rescuers had to battle through…

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Banksy’s Port Talbot snow mural attacked by ‘drunk halfwit’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGary Owen messaged Banksy in August to paint a mural in Port Talbot Banksy’s latest artwork was attacked as a “drunk halfwit” tried to damage the mural on a garage wall in south Wales. A security guard chased the culprit away on Saturday as he tried to pull down the newly-fitted plastic screen that protects the Port Talbot graffiti. Police were called and the local community fears the artwork may become a target for “some idiot who wants to make a name…

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Storm Deirdre: Wind, snow and rain hit parts of UK

Image copyright PA High winds, snow and freezing rain have hit parts of the UK as Storm Deirdre swept in, bringing travel disruption and power cuts. The Met Office said up to 50cm of snow fell in the Scottish highlands and wind gusts reached 70mph on the Welsh coast. Multiple crashes because of icy conditions were reported by police overnight on Saturday and hundreds of homes lost power in Scotland and Wales. The Met Office said the freezing rain had mostly cleared, but ice was likely. It warned that melting…

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Snow leopard shot dead at Dudley Zoo after escaping area

Image copyright Dudley Zoo Image caption Margaash, the eight-year-old snow leopard, was killed on 23 October, Dudley Zoo said A snow leopard was shot dead after a zookeeper left the enclosure door open and it escaped. Dudley Zoo said eight-year-old Margaash was killed after getting free on 23 October when the zoo had closed and all visitors had left. An investigation found the door to the enclosure was left open at 17:00 GMT through “keeper error”. A disciplinary procedure has taken place into those involved and security is being reviewed.…

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Where did Snow Patrol go for seven years? Gary Lightbody opens up

Image copyright Polydor Records Image caption Snow Patrol formed in Northern Ireland in 1994 Gary Lightbody battled depression and alcoholism as Snow Patrol wrote their seventh album, Wildness. The band’s frontman tells the BBC about overcoming his demons, how Nick Cave helped him conquer writer’s block, and why he and Ed Sheeran want matching tattoos. Seven years. 2,555 days. That’s how long it took Snow Patrol to make their new album. In the same time, you could have trained to be a doctor, launched a spacecraft to Saturn or filmed…

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