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Sub-zero spring causes chaos across Europe, US
by Staff Writers
Warsaw (AFP) March 26, 2013


March cold snap kills 25 in Poland
Warsaw (AFP) March 26, 2013 - Twenty-five people have died from exposure to the cold across Poland amid an unseasonal chilly snap this March, sending the toll claimed by hypothermia this winter and spring to 175, national police said Tuesday.

Since the arrival of spring on March 21, five people have died from exposure as daytime temperatures plunged to minus 15 degrees Celsius (5.0 Fahrenheit) and a bone-chilling minus 24 Celsius at night.

December claimed the highest toll, with 62 deaths, while January saw 55 people perish due to cold.

So far the toll this winter and spring is lower than the 200 deaths recorded due to exposure last winter in Poland, which is home to 38 million people.

The vast majority of victims were homeless men under the influence of alcohol.

Freak blizzards and freezing weather over the first few days of spring have hit Europe and parts of the United States, causing fatal cases of hypothermia, power outages and transport chaos.

In Poland five people have died from exposure since spring arrived on March 21 as overnight temperatures plunged to a bone-chilling minus 24 Celsius (- 11.2 Fahrenheit). This pushed the total death toll this month to 25.

Bad weather has also claimed at least two lives on the British mainland where media have dubbed the unseasonably icy month "Miserable March."

The military was called into action on Tuesday to airdrop fodder to farms cut off by freak snow as thousands of homes remained without power for a fifth straight day.

A Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopter was deployed in Northern Ireland in a bid to reach remote farms where up to 10,000 animals are believed to have been buried beneath snowdrifts 20 feet (six metres) high.

British bookmakers used to offering bets on a White Christmas now say a White Easter this weekend is more likely than not.

A huge snow storm also wreaked havoc in the US, stretching from St. Louis, Missouri in the mid-west to Washington D.C. on Monday, grounding hundreds of flights.

Nearly a week after the spring equinox, huge swathes of the United States remained deep in winter's clutches. Temperatures hovered well below freezing and snowplows and shovels were pulled back out of sheds.

Back in Europe, Ukraine's capital Kiev was still feeling the effects of Monday's record-breaking snowfall, which saw residents skiing down city streets as drivers fumed in vast traffic jams.

Up to 15 centimetres (six inches) of snow also blanketed Romania, shutting down schools and hampering road traffic in three regions, including the capital Bucharest.

Lorries queued for hours on the Serbian side of the border with Hungary amid heavy snowfall as it banned access for vehicles loaded with over 7.5 tonnes.

Deadly black ice coated roads in neighbouring Croatia causing a spate of accidents in central regions of the country, national television reports said.

Meanwhile, heavy winds on the Adriatic coast on Tuesday saw ferry traffic suspended between the Croatian port of Split and surrounding islands.

No injuries were reported Tuesday as violent winds tore the roof off a supermarket in the eastern Czech city of Sternberk.

Both Austria and Belgium saw temperatures plunge to record-lows with forecasters warning the unseasonable cold snap is expected to last past the Easter weekend.

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