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Snow Blanketing the Ground of Romania and Central Europe – December 30th, 2010

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December 30th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Romania and Central Europe - December 29th, 2010

European travel descended into chaos in late December as a second wave of snow and sub-zero weather conditions swept as far south as Italy, paralysing airports, motorways and public transport.

Here, southern Italy (bottom left corner) is snow free, while on the other side of the Adriatic Sea, snow can be observed parallel to the coast in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Northern Albania and Macedonia appear clear.

Further inland, snow blankets Serbia and Romania and Bulgaria near its border with Romania. The border between the two is marked by the Danube River, which appears as a dark blue line through the snow.

Although visible through the snow are the peaks of the Carpathian Mountains, a large arch of mountains that spans central Europe. A large portion of the range is located in Romania, which is completely blanketed in snow.  Beyond the arch of the mountains, Moldova and part of the Ukraine are snow covered as well.

Hundreds of flights to and from Europe’s busiest airports were cancelled and millions of passengers left stranded in France, Germany, Belgium and Scandinavia as airports closed or faced severe delays.

Thousands spent the night in terminals as blizzards continued and authorities struggled to clear snow from runways and cope with high winds.

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