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    Europe Snowstorm Targets Northern France

    March 11, 2013, 4:45:25 AM EDT

    A big late-winter cold outbreak in Europe has set up a major snowstorm for parts of France, U.K., Germany and the Low Countries.

    The potential was for snowfall to reach 1 foot or more by Wednesday in hard-hit spots near the English Channel.

    Several inches of snow could cover Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg.

    The storm comes on the heels of Sunday's dusting of snow in parts of Great Britain. Roads were slicked in parts of Scotland and northern England as icy winds blew in from the North Sea.

    Monday, heavy, windswept snow, a virtual blizzard, was hammering the Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney. Heavy snow also shrouded the nearby Normandy Coast of France.


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    Composite radar based in the U.K. shows a shield of heavy snow over the English Channel to parts of northern France and Belgium. Some of the heaviest radar returns were over the Channel Islands, where heavy snow was falling. In England, the returns imply snow showers streaming in from the North Sea in an unusually cold flow of air. (Image credit: U.K. Met Office)


    Elsewhere, significant snow stretched northward into southern England and eastward into Belgium.

    The instigating weather system was a strong winter storm centered off western France as of Monday. North of the storm, an abnormal cold flow of air was pouring out of Scandinavia, crossing into the U.K. and northwestern Europe.

    The winter storm was forecast to track eastward to southern Germany by Wednesday, extending the swath of snow across central Germany and even Poland.

    An even bigger storm forecast to strengthen over Italy at midweek is could spread heavy snow northeastward over central and eastern Europe into Russia.

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