Europe: The Snow Blitz

A howling gale from the Arctic icebox collided over Western Europe with warm, moist winds from the Mediterranean. The result: the most savage winter storms of the century.

An Austrian express train bound from Vienna to Paris got so thoroughly lost in the blizzard that it ended up in Munich. A Yugoslav train reached its destination minus its last five cars; they had blown off en route. Even such southern cities as Marseille and Barcelona were blanketed with snow. Temperatures fell so low in Switzerland that the hardy monks and trusty dogs...

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