Crowthorne, UK. Image by "squidney" on Flickr.

Heavy snowfall has paralysed parts of the UK for the second time this winter, while planes in China and South Korea remain grounded. Even Saudi Arabia is suffering from the cold. From the safety of our office in Paris (where, incidentally, it's just starting snowing), here's our round-up of snowy plains, and problems, from around the world.    

Across the UK, schools, roads and airports are closed, while in Poland, temperatures have reached as low as -25C. France has issued weather warnings for western regions of Normandy and Brittany, which are expected to be snowed under by the end of the day. The Danes have also been warned against all non-essential driving after snow combined with high winds led to a gridlock across the north of the country on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, China is suffering from power shortages after ice affected the nation's power grid following the coldest temperatures since 1971. South Korea came to a standstill on Monday after the worst snow storm since 1941.


Isle of Wight, UK

Posted Jan. 5 by "Auntie P". 

"Snowfall is rare on the island. They're doing a great job out there directing the traffic, soothing nerves and giving information. And yes, they've all had a cuppa - the Church on the Roundabout have the kettle on and Medina Centre are taking in waifs and strays."


Brighton, south England

Posted by "throughdarlense" Jan. 6.

"People have been abandoning and sliding cars around Elm Grove all morning". 


Honfleur, west France

Photo by Jean-Romaric Prévot Jan. 6. 


Croixmare, west France

Photo by Jean-Romaric Prévot Jan. 6. 


Seoul, South Korea

Posted by "chaeyoon" Jan. 4. 

"We were, and still are, buried under 10 inches of snow. It may not be much for upstate New York residents. But it is a huge pile of snow for Seoul residents."


Aalborg, north Denmark

Posted by "Iaksevaagen" Jan. 5.


New York, USA

Posted by "Nonimous" Jan. 5.


Sharjah, northeast United Arab Emirates

Posted by As-sinqbasion Jan. 1.

Gdansk, north Poland

Posted by Roman "Shexbeer" Sołowiej Jan. 4.


Beijing, China

Posted Jan. 3 by Zhao Hua Xi Shi.

"This guy stands there to stop you throwing snowballs at old maoface".



Arar, north Saudi Arabia

Posted by "saud5017" Jan. 1.