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Europe Cold, Snow this Week and Beyond

January 15, 2013; 10:18 AM ET

Significant cold has returned to much of Europe following a mild stretch, paving the way for outbreaks of snow through at least the start of next week.

Icy and snow-covered roadways will disrupt ground travel in some areas.

Air traffic will be subject to flight delays and cancellations.

Much of central and western Europe will have days of temperatures running 10 to 15 degrees F below normal.

Widespread snow, locally heavy, will fall in U.K., Germany, the Low Countries and France, to name a few.

Even in southern Europe, parts of Italy, Spain and the Balkan Peninsula, will be subject to potentially heavy snow.

One storm, ponderous and "double barreled," will dump a foot or more of heavy mountain snow, between Wednesday and Friday, over an area from the Pyrenees region of Spain and France, through much of Italy, eastward into such Balkan lands as Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece.

Some lowland cities, in Italy and elsewhere, will also get heavy snowfall.

Another storm may lay down heavy snow Friday and Saturday in a swath over U.K. and France to the western Alps.

The cold, unsettled weather could drag on well into next week as well.

The first shot of snow hit the U.K. early Monday before spreading to the Low Countries, western

Germany and northern France overnight and Tuesday, when the instigating storm began to reorganize over the northwestern Mediterranean basin.

New snowfall in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands, covers the statue of a pious woman, according to the AP caption. Snowfall as of Tuesday, Jan. 15, was 5-6 cm, or about 2 inches. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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