La nieve cubre Europa

The snow-covered landscape can be seen through the window of a hut near the central German town of Sonnenberg on December 18, 2010. Most parts of the country are buried under snow, causing traffic chaos and closing schools in several areas.  AFP PHOTO /FRANK MAY  GERMANY OUT

Estos últimos días la nieve ha cubierto Europa dando entrada al invierno. Si bien la situación de las comunicaciones terrestres y aéreas han mejorado sensiblemente durante el día de hoy, las vacaciones navideñas peligran para muchos viajeros que aun sufren las consecuencias de las nevadas. Yo, por mi parte, celebro mi vuelta a la redacción tras mis libranzas-vacaciones prenavideñas con este post blanco e invernal anticipo de lo que van a ser estas marcadas fiestas.

HAM402.HAMBURGO (ALEMANIA).22/12/2010.-Huellas de diferentes aves pueden verse en la superficie helada del rio Bille en Hamburgo, Alemania, hoy miércoles 22 de diciembre de 2010. Se espera la llegada de más frio y nieve a Alemania en los próximos dias.EFE/ULRICH PERREY

Snow covers the rooftops of buildings in central London, on December 20, 2010.  Thousands of stranded travellers faced a nervy battle to get home for Christmas as snow and ice caused chaos at European airports Monday.  International hubs London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels struggled to clear a backlog of passengers stranded over the weekend as holidaymakers tried to reach their destinations on time for December 25.         TOPSHOTS / AFP PHOTO / Carl de Souza

FRA416.MAGUNCIA (ALEMANIA).17/12/2010.- Un perro muestra la cara manchada de nieve tras jugar en un parque de la ciudad alemana de Maguncia, hoy viernes 17 de diciembre de 2010. EFE / FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN

A couple walks on a bank of the River Seine, on December, 19, 2010 in Paris. Heavy snow disrupted European air travel this weekend and stranded hundreds of drivers in their cars as far south as Italy as a white Christmas appeared increasingly likely for many places. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Black faced rams walk in a snow covered field near the village of Cargin in the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland December 19, 2010. The severe weather led to more disruption across Northern Ireland on Sunday, and people were advised to avoid unnecessary road journeys as snow continued to cause travel problems, local media reported.    REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton  (NORTHERN IRELAND – Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

A snowplough clears A1 Paris-Lille motorway near Henin Beaumont, northern France, during heavy snowfall December 19, 2010. Snow blanketed northern France, delaying trains and forcing flights to be cancelled.  REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE – Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT)

A man walks in a snow-covered park in Brussels December 20, 2010.    REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  (BELGIUM – Tags: ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A pigeon holds a berry in its mouth while foraging for food in the snow, in Hartley Wintney, 40 miles west of London on December 20, 2010.  Thousands of stranded travellers faced a nervy battle to get home for Christmas as snow and ice caused chaos at European airports Monday.  International hubs London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels struggled to clear a backlog of passengers stranded over the weekend as holidaymakers tried to reach their destinations on time for December 25.  AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Workers use snowploughs to remove snow from the tarmac of Zaventem international airport near Brussels December 20, 2010. Brussels airport said on its twitter feed that it could not guarantee de-icing of planes after 1400GMT on Monday due to a shortage of de-icer caused by transport problems in France.  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM – Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Commuters wait for a S-Bahn train on a snow covered platform during snowfall in Berlin on early December 20, 2010. After heavy snowfalls all over Germany  German rail company Deutsche Bahn said several main line trains would also be delayed because of the weather.    AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

The Saint-Denis Chapel is seen surrounded by snow covered vineyards in the Alsacian countryside in Wolxheim after snow fell on northeastern France December 20, 2010. Heavy snow and frigid temperatures caused further disruption across northern Europe on Monday stranding travellers, snarling traffic and shutting schools.  REUTERS/Vincent Kessler  (FRANCE – Tags: ENVIRONMENT RELIGION)

Cars drive slowly on a the snowy highway in Zoetermeerout on December 21, 2010. Thousands of angry travellers forced to sleep in airports and train stations across Europe faced more misery Tuesday as fresh snowfalls paralysed transport systems just days before Christmas. AFP PHOTO / ANP – LEX VAN LIESHOUT – netherlands out – belgium out

Cars drive in snow near Rotterdam on December 17, 2010. The Dutch weather institute has issued a warning forecasting extreme weather, heavy snowfalls in the western and soutern regions of the country. AFP PHOTO / ANP MARCO DE SWART netherlands out – belgium out

Snow-covered bicycles stand in front of the central train station in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany on December 20, 2010. German rail company Deutsche Bahn said several main line trains would be delayed because of the weather.  AFP PHOTO / RONALD WITTEK  GERMANY OUT

The snow-covered landscape can be seen in a car mirror near the central German town of Oderbrueck on December 18, 2010. Most parts of the country are buried under snow, causing traffic chaos and closing schools in several areas.  AFP PHOTO /FRANK MAY  GERMANY OUT

A snowman with coins for facial features stands in St James’ Park, central London on December 18, 2010. Severe winter conditions are expected to remain in the UK for the week ahead with the transport system being hit hard.  Both Gatwick and Heathrow airports have today closed all runways due to the snow and ice. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Freiburg’s goalkeeper Oliver Baumann looks on as snow falls during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Freiburg in the central German city of Leverkusen on December 19, 2010.  AFP PHOTO /  PATRIK STOLLARZ

A squirrel runs through the snow in Saint James’ Park, central London, on December 18, 2010. Britain was hit on December 18 by more blizzards that shut down one major airport and forced airlines to scrap flights on what is traditionally the busiest weekend for travellers before Christmas. London Gatwick, Europe’s eighth-busiest passenger airport, shut its runway until at least 1500 GMT, warning that «further significant snowfall» was expected. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

A tree covered with snow is pictured in front of a streetlight on December 17, 2010 in Godewaersvelde, northern France after heavy snowfalls. Thirty-two French departments, or administrative regions, have been warned on December 16, that they face snow and ice over the next 24 hours, with up to five centimetres forecast for the Paris region. The French government was accused last week of being unprepared for the sudden snowstorm and this time round is taking more precautions, with an interministerial crisis cell up and running since early December 16.  AFP PHOTO  PHILIPPE HUGUEN

The driver of a van navigates cautiously during a snow storm in Locon, northern France on December 17, 2010. Forecasters warned that more snow and icy rains would hit the region in the next few hours and cause hazardous driving conditions. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

BER229.BERLÍN (ALEMANIA).17/12/2010.-La nieve cubre el memorial del Holocausto en Berlín, Alemania, hoy viernes 17 de diciembre de 2010.El fuerte temporal de nieve y viento que afecta a prácticamente toda Alemania obligó hoy a cancelar centenares de vuelos en los aeropuertos de Fráncfort, Berlín y Múnich, entre otros, mientras se extiende la situación de caos en las lí­neas férreas y carreteras. EFE/TIM BRAKEMEIER

A passenger reacts as he stands surrounded by luggage, near the Eurostar terminal, inside St Pancras International train station in London on December 20, 2010.  Thousands of stranded travellers spent the night in airports across Europe as more flights were cancelled Monday because of snow and ice, extending travel misery just days before Christmas.  Following a weekend of disruption at major European hubs such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels, airports struggled to clear the backlog as passengers tried to reach their destinations in time for December 25.      AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza

A snow plough is driven on the second runway, in an attempt to get it operational again, at Heathrow Airport, west of London, on December 21, 2010.  Fresh snowfall added to the misery of thousands of Christmas travellers across Europe Tuesday, paralysing flights and trains as the EU lashed out at airports for «unacceptable» disruption.  London Heathrow, where passengers have been forced to sleep on terminal floors during four days of chaos, cancelled two thirds of flights while Frankfurt closed for several hours after more snow fell overnight.       AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

An electronic information board displays a notice to passengers informing them of short notice cancellations and delays, at Kings Cross train station in London, on December 21, 2010.  Thousands of angry travellers forced to sleep in airports and train stations across Europe faced more misery Tuesday as fresh snowfalls paralysed transport systems just days before Christmas.    London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, was only operating about a third of its normal schedule during a fourth day of disruption, while Frankfurt halted all flights after a new blanketing of snow.  AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

A man walks through the snow-covered vineyards in the southern German village of Kleinbottwar on December 18, 2010 as cold conditions continue throughout the country.     AFP PHOTO  THOMAS KIENZLE