Airport Delays, Travel Problems As Storm Aims for Much of Europe

By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
February 20, 2013; 5:48 AM ET
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High pressure sinking southward across Europe will bring cold and storminess to close out the week.

While this will certainly not be the coldest airmass Europe has ever seen, its longevity and stubbornness to leave will make it more than noticeable.

Snow and gusty winds Monday caused plenty of delays at airports in Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki. By Monday night, the snow worked its way into northern Germany and Poland, where flights were delayed in both Berlin and Warsaw.

Snow and cold spread southward through the rest of Germany on Tuesday, with cold and dry conditions backing as far west as France and the United Kingdom for Wednesday and Thursday.

The snow and cold will head through France and even the United Kingdom into Thursday.

According to Senior Meteorologist John Schneider, "as high pressure over Norway builds slowly southward, much colder than normal temperatures will slide across northern Europe. The cold air will advance westward across the United Kingdom on Thursday, where temperatures will average 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit (3-5 degrees Celsius) below normal."

Schneider also expects around 3-6 inches of snow to accumulate across the Austrian Alps.

Further south the story will turn more wet than white. Soaking rains on Thursday through the weekend will bring the threat of flooding from Spain into Italy and Greece. Locally, as much as 4.00 inches could fall, but most areas will average between 1.00-3.00 inches.

If you have any travel plans across Europe through the weekend, be sure to check back at AccuWeather.com often for the latest on this cold and stormy pattern.

The story was first published Tues., Feb. 19, 2013, and has been updated.

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