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United Kingdom / Belgium / France (Country threat levels - 2 / 2 / 2): Heavy snowfall and frozen conditions in areas of northwest Europe are causing significant disruptions to ground and air transportation in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom on 18 December 2009. In Belgium, ice and snow accumulations on runways at Brussels International Airport (EBBR/BRU) resulted in cancellations or delays to dozens of flights. Severe traffic congestion on roadways across the country occurred during the overnight hours, but conditions improved during the morning.

In France, heavy snow prompted authorities to close some roadways and led to significant traffic jams on others. High-speed train services also experienced delays as the weather conditions forced drivers to reduce speeds. Airlines canceled approximately one-third of their scheduled flights, with significant delays reported at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport (LFPG/CDG) during the overnight hours.

In the United Kingdom, two of London's airports, Gatwick (EGKK/LGW) and Luton (EGGW/LTN), were closed due to heavy snowfall across southern and eastern England during the overnight hours. Gatwick was closed for seven hours before re-opening early on 18 December, while authorities did not indicate when Luton would re-open after all flights leaving the airport were canceled. The weather also caused significant traffic disruptions on the east coast and around London as well as widespread school closures.

Forecasters are predicting additional snowfall and icy conditions over the 19-20 December weekend and additional transportation disruptions are possible.

Information courtesy BABC member ASI Group