Paris Hit By Relatively Rare Accumulating Snowstorm; Travel Chaos Ensues

Pam Wright
Published: February 7, 2018

Paris was hit Tuesday by a relatively rare accumulating snowstorm that resulted in travel chaos and a record number of traffic jams. 

The storm dropped at least 4 inches on the capital, forcing the shutdown of bus service in the city that relies heavily on public transportation. The storm also hampered France's high-speed train system and the region's commuter trains. The city's subway system was running at 50 percent on several lines.

Dozens of flights out of Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports were canceled or postponed, although the airports remained open, Le Monde reported. 

Paris saw a record number of traffic jams in the city, with many people stuck for hours, according to authorities. Semi-trucks were banned from highways in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic accidents. 

The Eiffel Tower was closed for "meteorological reasons."

Upper-level energy in a southward plunge of the jet stream across western Europe has been causing the cold and snowy conditions, including in Madrid on Monday and Paris Tuesday into Wednesday, said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. 

In some areas outside of the city, up to nearly a foot of snow fell. 

Following the snow, temperatures plummeted to below freezing, causing fears that the melting snow would freeze overnight. Authorities asked residents to stay off the roads. 

Additional snow is possible in Paris on Friday as new cold front swings through the region.


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