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    Record Snow Hits Paris, Disrupts Travel This Week

    By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
    December 11, 2010, 9:25:29 AM EST

    Record snow in Paris Wednesday shut down buses and flights and even closed the Eiffel Tower.

    The Meteo France service reported that one weather station in Paris had 4.5 inches (11 cm) of snow Wednesday. Paris has not recorded a larger one-day snowfall since 1987.

    The snow fell heavily for several hours, reducing visibility to a quarter of a mile at times.

    The BBC reports that the Eiffel Tower closed Wednesday because salt could not be used on the monument to prevent possible damage to its iron structure.

    The Charles de Gaulle airport closed during the afternoon, so snow could be cleared off the runways.

    No buses were running Wednesday, either, as secondary roads became extremely dangerous and slippery.

    Extreme cold has been plaguing much of Europe for the past few weeks, laying the groundwork for winter storms with heavy snowfall like the one that hit Paris. Huge plunges in the jet stream have allowed cold waves to build over Europe.

    According to the BBC, three more people have died due to extreme cold across Poland, bringing the death toll to 66.

    The pattern in the jet stream is the same one responsible for bitterly cold air pouring over the eastern third of the U.S.

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