Snow causes chaos in
Hundreds of flights cancelled; storm could cost economy nearly $2 billion
The Associated Press,
Shops, schools and courts shut down and long trails of commuters trudged through the streets looking for scarce taxis or ways to work after more than four inches of snow fell overnight.
"We're not in
Heavy snow continued Monday afternoon, with more forecast for the evening along with rain and sleet overnight, which could lead to hazardous icy conditions Tuesday morning.
Heathrow closed one of its two runways and reported more than 650 cancellations. Major delays and cancellations were also reported at
An Airbus 330 coming from
Highway pile ups
There were massive traffic jams on many highways near
The Met Office, the country's national weather service, said it expected another four inches Monday afternoon.
"We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the services road, rail and airports are open as quickly as possible," Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.
London Mayor Boris Johnson conceded the city lacked sufficient snowplows to deal with the "huge volume" of snow.
"You can grit and you can salt it, but the snow comes down again," he said. "You can make an investment ... in snowplows for
Johnson said many buses couldn't be sent out because "if they skid they become a lethal weapon."
Former Mayor Ken Livingstone said Johnson had plenty of time to prepare for the storm, which had been predicted late last week.
"There has never been a day where the bus service has been canceled for bad weather. Not in 100 years," he told the BBC.
Underground not quite saved from snow
After waiting in vain for an Underground train to arrive, office worker Caroline Samuel, 36, decided to retreat.
"There's no point in going to work today," she said. "I'm going home."
Many of the tracks were covered in snow or ice, and some transport workers themselves struggled to get in to work.
There were reports of some storm-related injuries. A 17-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car in
Heavy snowfall in
Flights to and from
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