Powerful storm system to hit northern Europe

Air travel from Amsterdam to Nordics likely to be hit

A powerful storm system is heading eastwards from the Atlantic, threatening more extreme weather this week with wind speeds of in excess of 100 km/h, rain and snow. Air travel and other transport will inevitably be hit.

The storm system is currently gathering power in the Atlantic and will strike Scotland and northern England tonight before moving towards Scandinavia and northern mainland Europe. The most powerful winds are likely to hit airports in cities such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm on Thursday before reaching Helsinki and the Baltics early on Friday.

If the storm achieves its full potential, power outages and wind damage are likely in the regions that experience the strongest winds, AccuWeather warns.

Weather forecasters in Sweden say that the season’s first snowstorms will cover the country in snow up to 30 centimetres deep by the weekend.

Roar Inge Hansen, a meteorologist at the Storm weather agency, told the newspaper Expressen he was “scared it will turn to chaos at once”.

The Watchers / AccuWeather / The Local

[image courtesy NASA]


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