In the UK heavy snowfall and double digit temperatures below freezing have been affecting the north of the country for five days, with schools closed and most ski areas in Scotland open, but today the cold weather spread to the south of the country resulting in traffic chaos, including the complete closure of London's Gatwick airport, one of the world's busiest hubs.
Across the Channel a large part of France is struggling with the cold and snow with 15 French departments centred around the Auvergne and the Rhône-Alpes region placed on orange alert. The cities of Chambéry or Annecy or 25cm in Lyon. The cities the cities of Chambéry or Annecy have 45cm of snow lying, in larger Lyon it's 25cm. SNCF (French railways) have announced that a fifth of TGV services will be cancelled tomorrow (Thursday) between Paris and provinces to the south-east axis.
But, once access re-opens, this is all good news for skiers and ski resorts, 20 of which are already open in France, with another 30 due to open this weekend including many of the big name centres. Snow falls of up to 70cm in the past 24 hours have been reported by Skiinfo, which has also seen 70 resorts publish Powder alarms for more than 20cm of snow in the past 24 hours