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Trains, British Airways planes, and automobiles all yield to Europe's snow

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Among those affected by the snow was the Monitor's correspondent Scott Peterson, who was stuck in southern England over the weekend and unable to fly back to Istanbul. “I’m looking out at a load of snow right now,” he said today from East Sussex, an hour south of London, while preparing to drive a friend to Heathrow Airport this afternoon. He said he was planning three hours for what is normally a 90-minute drive because of "chaos" on the roadways.

"In looking at the television and listening to the radio, it’s clear that there are tens of thousands of passengers that have been held up by this storm," he says. "British press are describing in very stark terms that half a million people’s holidays have been ‘ruined’ or ‘wrecked.' "

Only one of two runways at London Heathrow was operating today, reported Reuters. The airport was offering immediate responses to flight questions via its Twitter feed.

Flight departures from Brussels were canceled until Wednesday due to a lack of de-icing liquid, reported the BBC, while 30 percent of flights from Paris's two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, were canceled. Russian news agency RTT reported that air traffic was also crippled in Spain, the Netherlands, and Croatia.

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