Snowfall in Europe
Northern Europe was shivering under a blanket of heavy snow and freezing temperatures Wednesday, after a cold weather system disrupted road, rail and air transport across much of the continent.
In Poland, police said eight homeless men died Tuesday night after a bitter cold front roared in, bringing with it temperatures as low as -26 C.
In northern Austria, police said a 69-year-old retiree froze to death overnight when he slipped on a snow-covered bridge on his way home from a funeral and lost consciousness.
Britain was hit by its worst early winter weather in almost two decades, with snow forcing the closure of Edinburgh airport and London's Gatwick airport and causing delays on major roads and railway lines.