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article image12 incredible photos of the harsh winter enveloping Europe

By David Silverberg     Feb 6, 2012 in World
Europe's deadly winter has claimed more than 200 lives and ground planes, trains and many automobiles. Here are 12 Flickr photos showing what Mother Nature has unleashed on European countries.
Tourist attractions are closed. Thousands are without power. Villagers are trapped in snowy conditions. The winter weather in Europe is also to blame for around 200 deaths, as some regions face unprecedented temperature drops - temperatures plummeted to their lowest levels for years in Italy, with -10C recorded in Milan.
Why is it so cold in Europe? It's being blamed on an intense area of high pressure over much of Europe, extending from Siberia in the east to the UK in the west, according to media reports.
Photographers on Flickr are quick to capture the wintery weather in their communities, but it's not all gloom for some intrepid winter lovers.
Below are several of the most stunning and intriguing photos falling under the Creative Commons license:
Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
Trudging through heavy snow in Switzerland
keepps
A snow storm hitting a section of London
A snow storm hitting a section of London
belkus
Bikes covered in snow in Helsinki  Finland
Bikes covered in snow in Helsinki, Finland
mattimattila
A truck covered in snow in East Sussex  UK
A truck covered in snow in East Sussex, UK
aspexdesign
A tree without leaves  covered in ice  in Poland
A tree without leaves, covered in ice, in Poland
didmyself
The Roman Forum blanketed in snow
The Roman Forum blanketed in snow
stefanorometours
A frozen pond in Switzerland
A frozen pond in Switzerland
nchenga
Ice forming into new shapes in  Lempäälä  Finland
Ice forming into new shapes in Lempäälä, Finland
Leo-setä
Skiing north-west in the direction of France s St-Martin-de-Belleville  beyond the Crêtes restauran...
Skiing north-west in the direction of France's St-Martin-de-Belleville, beyond the Crêtes restaurant, from the Tougnete summit
richardcjones
A family enjoying some sledding fun Colchester  UK
A family enjoying some sledding fun Colchester, UK
HHA124L
Got any interesting photos of winter in Europe? Share in the comment thread below!
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