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February 28, 2018
Assist Alert: Extreme Cold Wave Sweeps Across Europe and Impacts Travel

From Germany to Spain, a wave of biting cold weather called the “Beast of the East” is passing through Europe, impacting travel with snow falls and freezing temperatures. 

Countries in Western Europe are experiencing cooler than usual temperatures with thermometers dropping to -20°C (-4°F) in Austria and -14°C (6°F) in Paris, France. The worst day of this cold wave is expected to be tomorrow, Thursday, March 1 and snow fall is expected to continue through the end of the week in Western Europe.  

These weather conditions are impacting travel. Several airports have closed, and many airline carriers are cancelling flights due to the snow blizzard and freezing temperatures expected tonight and tomorrow.Some airports affected include:

  • Glasgow Airport, Scotland (closed until further notice)
  • Heathrow and London City airports, England (open but significant cancellations and delays are expected)
  • Dublin airport, Ireland (re-opened but significant cancellations and delays are expected)
  • Montpellier and Nimes airports, South of France (closed until further notice)
  • Other airports may close of cancel flights as weather conditions worsen

Train service may also be impacted by snow and icy conditions. If you are traveling by car, listen to local authorities and warnings regarding road conditions. Many regions who are experiencing snow falls are not set up to respond to such weather conditions and local authorities may take a while to clear and salt the roads. 

Finally, some outdoor monuments may be closed. The Eiffel Tower management organization announced earlier today that the tower will be closed on Thursday March 1st because of the weather conditions. 


If you have a flight scheduled to or within the European Union, check your flight status with your airlines and ask about rerouting and cancellation policies. 

If you are traveling by train, check local railway companies’ website for train status. For road travels, check local news and advisories. Do not attempt to drive until roads have been cleared. 

If you are planning to visit outdoor monuments and sites, call the monument’s information desk or check the monument’s social media accounts for the latest updates. 

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